We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts.

from Patrick Henry – Speech to the Second Virginia Convention on Rap Genius

Meaning

In Classical mythology, the sirens were daughters of the river god Achelous. They lured sailors to their doom with their beautiful voices and music. Odysseus fell into some trouble with them on his journey home, and he was already running really late.

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