Back in the dark ages of the 1970s, when hippies still roamed the earth, and politicians actually had policies, Western Australia had but a single university.
And verily, it was known as UWA, University of Western Australia. And rightly so.
Signs, and labels, letterheads and posters all proclaimed, “University of Western Australia”. And rightly so.
But lo and behold, soon Murdoch University was born and UWA was alone no more.
And there was much fraternal muttering and dinners and jovial bantering from one university to the other. Love seemed in the air.
But the wily Vice-Chancellor of UWA did call his printers to appear before him and issued a decree.
And so all signs and letterheads, posters and notices were collected and pulped. Yea, wasted were the trees.
And there appeared new letterheads and signs, and verily they did now read “THE University of Western Australia”.
And the Vice-Chancellor was smug and happy.
But the Murdoch folk were sore pissed and said unto him, “here, what’s all this then?” But the Vice-Chancellor, did only reply, “what, we’ve just had a change in stationery, that is all”.
And the Murdoch folk did sadly say, “you know what we mean”.
For the Vice-Chancellor knew exactly what they meant and was very pleased with himself and said no more.
Here endeth the lesson – go ye and apply it your favourite spiritual tradition.