In the beginning, it’s incredibly useful to worship what I call “intermediary gods” (ideals like toughness, gurus, discipline, etc. etc.), but as one progresses, it’s very likely they will encounter nuanced situations where those ideals become hindrances. It doesn’t mean they should abandon these ideals, it just means that if they cling blindly to them under all circumstances, they risk turning an intermediary god into a false one, and they will suffer greatly for it.
That’s one of my interpretations of: “Doctrine is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”