Which brings us back to the question of why we're doing aikido in the first place.
You, as I understand it, study the Art of Peace which you manifest through your particular non-confrontational approach.
I'm all for the Art of Peace. Where we may differ is that I don't think you can pursue that Art if what you're doing isn't martially valid. The Sword that Gives Life is first and foremost a sharp sword.
Before you can be benevolent and spare people from pain /punishment/retribution you have to be in a position whereby you have the power to exercise your authority to inflict punishment in the first place.
In society criminals would laugh out loud if the courts
just gave them a slap on the wrist and told these guys, Poor Lad, you have been a naughty boy , robbing old aged people, go home and take you cannabis.Kidding aside his is how it is in the U.K.
At least the Yanks dish out long prison sentences.
So I agree with you here that the sword has to be sharp enough to execute someone, but hopefully /ideally the sword should wherever possible remain in its scabbard.