Advisement what not to do

What a lesson for life. I have this PhD student who is finishing up and at the last moment I spotted a few data formatting issue with her paper. Yesterday I tried to reason with her, she didn’t listen. Today, when I met her, asked her if she reconsidered some of the suggestions. She didn’t and hadn’t. The rudeness was amazing. I could not imagine in my student days to defy my professor if he suggested changes in my thesis if it needed one.

Times change. Cultures change too. I should not feel sad. Some people are rude, people are disrespectful. Should I be sad? Move on. This is life. There is nothing to be attached to. Without disrespect one never understands the value of feeling special.

Shunyata. Nothingness.

Thank you Buddha! One lesson everyday.

Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Also in:

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