Nice quote, Dave.
I think that there is sometimes a confusion that arises from instructions from teachers such as "just be with the object", "accept what is arising", and so on. Those are good advice, because if one is not able to see what is arising clearly, pushes it away, or grasps at it, one is simply continuing with delusion, aversion, or craving.
However, that's just part of the process. One also has to exert effort, build concentration and mindfulness, and so on. The eight-fold path is fabricated
... (I'm sure there is a nice quote on that somewhere... In the MN I think...).