illustration (attribution, if any possible, is at the end of the article)
The task of a compassionate teacher? the correct exposition of his/her teachings.
The task of the students? the practice (according to the teachings), patipatti.
Illustration: A dead (or at least absent) teacher cannot point out to you your cherry-picking. Nor can (s)he calmly help you stop your hyper-activity or your delusions of “having figured it out”… just like cats.