“This planet? All that dirt and water? That’s your final project? Mixing dirt and water will get you nothing but a mud ball!”
“Professor, it’s got life! It’s literally teaming with it!” the student protests.
“What do you mean, ‘life’? You mean those little things running around all willy-nilly? You can’t be serious!”
“They utilize the raw resources, power modes of transport, build houses - everything!”
“Tell me, what have they contributed to their planet? How have they helped Her?”
“Well, they haven’t done anything...yet.”
“Your assignment was intelligent life,” sighs the professor. “You’ll have to delete and start over.”