It is better to do the wrong thing whole-heartedly than the right thing half-heartedly. Earnestness is the key. “The fool who persists in his folly will become wise,” promised the mystic William Blake.
I have an M.Div. A colleague called this the post-graduate equivalent of a degree from clown school. He was referencing a long and disordered lineage of holy fools. “Look, Mom! A Standing Baba!”