This seems like a really wise approach to the Noble 8 fold path, rather than
In thinking about your post, I couldn’t help but feel that the ‘unwise’ ways of approaching practice are just that - unwise. This exists for both Monastic and Lay practitioners. The great advantage as you say is that the monastic system of training is a whole interwoven regime that works to cultivate wisdom, with guidance by experienced teachers who can intimately witness the individuals practice and help identify any hindrances. Given this, one would expect that monastics will be more skillful and knowledgeable about these processes, and their advice and perspective should be heeded.
My point is, that all humans who choose to practice Buddhism, do so at their own level, and with their own idiosyncratic conditions, kamma and levels of diligence. At any one time, there will be individuals (monastic and lay) who fit into a myriad of categories So hopefully, todays’ arm-chair aesthetic may be tomorrows wiser person; the person who has high levels of conceit at the moment may begin to see more clearly in the future; The person with wrong view today may come to have right view in time
This movement from less skilled and having less wisdom, to becoming more developed is something that both monastic and lay people desire and have in common. This inclination and the effort expended is something that is worth encouraging.
For this reason, I suppose, endless discussions of this nature have a benefit, especially when there is a range of input, like this thoughtful post by yourself Thank you.