The Swill to Believe

“A man convinced against his will
Is of the same opinion still”—
But though we will with all our might,
A sober thought still wins that fight.

A fairer rhyme I thus propose,
Our feckless follies to expose:
A man convinced by stubborn will
Has surely swigged some sturdy swill.”

Ed Morris, 2011
(With apologies to William James, author of a famous philosophical essay entitled The Will to Believe.)


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