Most people are motivated by self interest. Did you notice? Despite this they fail to enact the behaviours that will be actually beneficial, whilst being enthralled and captivated by the trivial and superficial. Is the shallow interest in a spiritual path an attempt to increase personal advantage and confirm our efforts and foibles as a worthwhile and noble pursuit?
Does false spirituality attract the gainful and useful; those who are content, able and willing to serve in a functional and beneficial way? Does it rather often perpetuate and even institutionalise the weak, impressionable, easily swayed and misguided? Do safeguards in genuine dharma paths dissuade and repel this tendency?
The perpetuation of useless activity in robotic and cultist practices and spiritual exercises is worth examination. The idea that a simple set of procedures or one procedure is right for all people at all times, in all circumstances, is usually an indication of a formulaic and degenerate system IMHO. It does not take in the genuine requirements. In other words no initial assessment or understanding may be available of the applicability and potential in a head count, accept all, environment.
What are the underlying motivations for perpetuating a system that colludes in a trivial and flawed diagnosis and inadequate provision to one and all. Are teachers themselves only transmitting what can be provided as text. Are teachers encouraging useful activity or are they useless, attracting useless and flawed individuals? Are students changing and improving through their association?
Becoming more passive, docile and accepting may be change but not necessarily beneficial. Unless of course one is providing sheep. Baaa ...