Good stuff, Mike. Surely the promise, or at least the faith, that things can get better is a strong motivator for learning, in everything we do.
Your quote about making provisions for unorthodox technique is an interesting one too. There is one striking difference between skiing and golf, though, I think. Perhaps you'd disagree (I'm not a golfer, as you know), but I suspect that few golfers play purely for the joy of the swing, the delight in the sensations of movement. They play for a score. Few golfers would prefer an "unorthodox" technique just because they liked how it felt, if it raised their score.
In skiing, there are certainly occasions where function must supercede fun, where control--missing that lift tower, for example--takes precedence over the sensation of a pure carve. In racing, all that matters is "the score." But recreational skiing is all about enjoyment and play, not usually function and pure efficiency (although that certainly can be an end in itself). My "perfect turn" is all about precise control of line, but in fact, we rarely need that kind of precision. When we do, "unorthodox technique" can be a problem. But when we don't, we can play with any technique that we find interesting, entertaining, amusing, fun, or exciting--who cares about orthodoxy, function, efficiency, or someone else's view of "correct"?
"Bad technique" is better exercise. "Bad technique" can produce great sensations--flying, floating, free falling, even imbalance can be fun. "Bad technique" can even build good skills, as well as strong bones and muscles. And we all know that "bad technique" can impress chairlift riders. Some chicks dig it!
We really don't very often need "good technique" as free skiers. But then, sometimes we do, and that's when the problem arises. That's when collisions happen--when "good technique" is needed, but it isn't available.
So, we practice, and we teach, "orthodox" good technique. We play with everything--good, bad, and ugly--for fun, and for versatility. A skier with the skill and discipline to make a "perfect turn" can easily make any kind of turn he/she chooses. But the converse is not true! Those who believe that any technique is as good as any other, and that "orthodoxy" is only for instructors and technique snobs, can be downright dangerous!
Ironically, unorthodox golf technique is rarely dangerous, or at least life-threatening. But from my limited experience, it is not usually encouraged. I recall the only round of golf I've ever played, a ski school "best ball" fun tournament years ago. I hit the ball a few times, but I had just as much fun swinging at pine cones, to the consternation of my partners. I actually had fun firing golf balls into the lake. And what I REALLY enjoyed was slaloming the golf cart around the newly-transplanted little trees that lined the course. I've never been invited back!