It was a collective act not of leadership but of desperation, not of strategy but of superstition.
As Edmund Burke once wrote, “superstition is the religion of feeble minds.”
There is his superstition about watching every Red Sox game but never the sixth inning.
early 13c., from Old French superstition or directly from Latin superstitionem (nominative superstitio), noun of action from superstare (see superstitious). Originally especially of religion; sense of "unreasonable notion" is from 1794.