How to Think

by Jerry Robbins '61 B.D.

With mind renewed

Not by science or philosophy

But a different discipline

That tempers cognitivity –

With sober judgment guiding me,

No talk of logic here,

Only reasons of the heart,

Not the cranial sphere.

Think not of self but those around

The Body that unites the many.

Although a member distinct

You are one of a community.

Think what you can contribute,

Not how you can be served.

This reasoning makes no sense

It strikes us as absurd.

But this is the mind we must shape,

Our learning thrown for a loss.

Pin your reason not to facts

But a most unreasonable cross.