A mentor yells at an exhausted novice. The novice turns to go.
Mentor: You weakling, you’ll never become an elite shadow warrior!
Novice: Oh, that’s too bad. Well… thanks for your time.
Mentor: Wait – where are you going?
Standing next to a different student, the mentor gestures towards a boulder.
Mentor: You must balance this boulder on the tip of your finger – without ever lifting it!
Student: But how is that possible?
Mentor: It doesn’t count unless you struggle for weeks to understand.
The mentor shoves a near-graduate toward a flaming archway.
Mentor: It’s time for the final test!
Near-Graduate: What happens if I don’t pass on my first try?
Mentor: You die, obviously.
As the finalist runs through the archway, the mentor talks to a fellow instructor.
Mentor: I hope this one makes it. For some reason our numbers keep dwindling.
P.S. Our bills are paid by our wonderful patrons. Could you chip in?