I think the same question applies if you ask, "Would you like to be a Knight of the middle ages or a Jedi? IMHO The question creates the thought is that we as human beings and in particular martial artists seek to be something greater than the mundane. We go to work, pay the bills, and are loved by our families and friends but there is a sense of "Is this all there is to my life?"
I find studying the martial arts allows me to confront who I really am and draws me to become more than I am. To be more compassionate, more loving, less fearful, less aggressive, more confident, strong, wise, humble.
Aikido is a way for me to pursue my true self. It allows me to develop skills at self defense but beyond that it allows me to develop my heart and soul to a higher level than I could without it. Yes, there are many paths to the top of the mountain but mine is the path of the martial artist. With all the difficulties and frustrations, the plateaus, the thrill of learning, the pain, and yes even tears. it still remains MY path. In some mysterious way it chose me and I choose to walk the path.
Do I want to be a samurai? I would have to say that I want to walk the path of the martial artist and this particular path up the mountain was created by the Samurai. If that means I want to be in a similar mindset and heart to serve then yes I want to be a Samurai! I think this Samurai path is one that we choose to follow but in some mysterious way it has chosen me to walk it. Perhaps the universe draws us all to a particular path to enlightenment and we all here share a similar pathway.