Yes, we should be striving for a higher bar. As long as we recognize reality.
Reality.. either a series of boring facts that will surely end all dreaming and reaching for higher goals
or a sphere where everything is possible if you believe in it.
Or somthing in between. I canīt stop likening Oīsensei to the guy in "the allegory of the cave" by Plato who walked out into the sun and saw something still a product of the same "reality" but removed from the schackles and restrictions of perception and expressing true freedom, like any other true art btw.