Force is the antonym and negation of thought. Understanding is not produced by
a punch in the face; intellectual clarity does not flow from the muzzle of a
gun; the weighing of evidence is not mediated by spasms of terror. The mind is
a cognitive faculty; it cannot achieve knowledge or conviction apart from or
against its perception of reality; it cannot be forced.
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