I think that the form based training most of us engage in, presents a great challenge in this respect and requires a huge amount of integrity and self examination from the practitioner.
You and I are in synch with our thoughts. My Feb. 2012 blog was about this very subject:
Stanley Pranin opened the floodgates with the first Aiki Expo. Those of us who are actively going out there meeting, teaching, learning, experiencing the larger world of martial arts will continue to benefit in a myriad of ways. I find it very unfortunate that too many people (for my comfort level) are choosing to remain like ostriches with their heads stuck in the ground trying to tell others that they have a great panoramic view from a lofty perspective.