The Thesis or Scholarly Project :
A cynical folk story told among the tribe of professors
about choosing well your faculty advisor / and other readers
In a most beautiful and sunny day, a rabbit came out of his cave with his notebook and got to work, concentrating well.
Short time later
here comes a raccoon, and saw such succulent rabbit so distracted, his
The raccoon was so intrigued with the rabbit's activity that, naturally curious, got closer:
Raccoon: Bunny, what are doing here so meditative?
Bunny: I am writing my thesis project- said the rabbit, without taking his eyes off his work.
Raccoon: Hummm... and what is the theme of your thesis?
Bunny: Oh, it's a theory which proves that rabbits are the true natural predators of raccoons.
The raccoon was offended:
Raccoon: What!! This is ridiculous!!! We are the true predators of rabbits!!!
Bunny: Absolutely not!! Come with me to my cave and I will show you my experimental test.
Bunny and raccoon get into the cave. A few instants after, strange and undescipherable noises are heard, some grunts and afterwards silence.
Next comes out the rabbit alone and returns to his work on the thesis as if nothing happened.
Half hour later here comes a snake. Seeing such an appetizing rabbit so distracted he mentally thanks the food chain for guaranteeing his
However, the snake is also intrigued before a rabbit who works with such concentration, and decides to find out what it is about before
swallowing him up:
Snake: Hello, young bunny!! What you do working so hard?
Bunny: My thesis project, mister snake. It is a theory I have been developing for some time, and which proves that us, rabbits, are the
biggest natural predators of several animals, including snakes.
The snake cannot restrain his amusement and explodes in uncontrollable laughter before the rabbit's petulance.
Snake: Ha, ha, ha!!! Bunny!! This is unconceivable! It is us snakes, the genuine natural predators of rabbits. And now... let's end this
Bunny: Excuse me, but if you want I can show you my experimental test. Would you like to follow me to my cave?
The snake cannot believe such good luck. Both disappear into the cave.
A few moments after, desperate sounds are heard, mastication noises, then... silence. Once more the rabbit comes out alone, impassible, and returns to his job of writing his thesis like nothing happened.
Inside the rabbit's cave there is a huge pile of bloodied bones mixed with hair of various ex-raccoons, and next to it another pile even higher
of mortal remains of those who one time or another were snakes.
In the center of both piles of remains.... a sizeable COYOTE, quite satisfied, well fed, cleaning his teeth.
MORAL OF THE STORY:
1- IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW ABSURD THE THEME OF YOUR THESIS OR SCHOLARLY PROJECT;
2- IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE LEAST PEDAGOGICAL OR THEORETICAL FUNDAMENTALS;
3- IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOUR EXPERIMENTS OR INTERVENTIONS NEVER PROVE YOUR THEORY;
4- IT DOESN'T MATTER EVEN IF YOUR IDEAS CONTRADICT THE MOST OBVIOUS LOGICAL CONCEPTS;
5- IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU ARE HONEST, IF YOU BUST YOUR SOUL FOR YOUR PRINCIPLES, FOR YOUR WORK...
6- IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW MUCH YOU PREPARE AND STUDY;
WHAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT IS...
"WHO" IS YOUR GODFATHER...
So choose well your Faculty Advisor / and other Readers !!!!!!!!!