Arguing over metaphors just goes down a black hole. My point is the same, Morihei Ueshiba stated repeatedly that technique was not the heart of the matter. Folks may disagree with that, and that's fine, everyone's entitled to their own opinion.
But what did he mean
by that, and was that meant to be instructive, or explanatory?
He could be saying "remember that you are not practicing technique simply for the purpose of causing a physical event." But would that meant that practicing technique is pointless? Or simply that there is a greater picture you need to keep in mind?
He could be saying "these techniques are pointless, why are you still doing them?" They could be pointless because they will never cause a physical event.