The Three Ignoble Truths (with apologies to the Four Noble Truths)

By Gordon Rugg

The Four Noble Truths are profound Buddhist insights into the nature of being. The Three Ignoble Truths aren’t… However, they’re useful to know when you’re making plans.

First Ignoble Truth: Hardware breaks and software crashes.

Second Ignoble Truth: Resources are never there when you need them.

Third Ignoble Truth: People fail to deliver, get sick, and die.

But, as part of the balance of being, there’s always chocolate as a consolation…

From Rugg & Petre, A Gentle Guide to Research Methods (2006). Open University Press/McGraw-Hill, Maidenhead, UK



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