I will remember that I didn’t make the world, and that it doesn’t conform to the simplistic ideas I have of it.
I recognize that what I find conceivable has no bearing on what is true.
Though I will use arguments boldly to grasp reality, I will not be overly impressed by intuition.
I vow not to corrupt the young, even if they have to take a class with me.
I will never sacrifice reality for elegance without at least three a priori justifications.
Nor will I give students who have to sit through my lectures false comfort about the scope of my ideas. Instead, I will make explicit their biases and oversights.
I understand that my work may not have any relevance to anyone’s life, and I humbly accept this fact.