I found this. And read it, and article, Thank you. I hope it is semi obvious that despite my generation I do know how to learn on my own. And I am curious, and I do put a lot of efforts and weight on knowledge, and self education… I think that article is right to some degree… It’s a rabbit hole Alice. And easy to get lost. A mentor helps you stay focused and points you in the right directions when your goals are on time crunches… I am on one. I don’t think I’m all important, but I do recognize that people choose thier positions based on thier personality and individual goals. I also know that this means they want us to come to them, and we can trust they have an interest in assisting us. I find it ironic that it never occurred to me before (with everything I just stated) they thought it completely rude to not introduce ourselves, and/or see it as entitlement on our parts… I always assumed it was flattering to turn to a teacher because, you know, they are a teacher; and say “teach me.” The assumption of an unspoken dedication and appointment. The fullfillment of purpose and acceptance of such purposes… You’re a teacher. You teach. I’m nobody, I learn. And who I am, my standing, my name, my origin… Means nothing, because not leaving Ego and ID at the door; as eastern philosophy so states, is like filling a full vessel. I am not here to be me, because all that encompasses I AM is not sufficient, so I AM here to learn. Hence I have no title, no ranking, and my past is not important, as here, it doesn’t serve me. What serves me is my teacher and the abandonment of self. Thank you for the forum and your patience.