We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If pointing it out doesn't do it, and facts no longer matter very much, and critical thinking and reason are no longer accepted as valid influencers in adult conversations, then: What does change a person's mind?
To The Barrister,
Awhile back you recommended William Boyd’s books. I’ve read two, and just started Ordinary Thunderstorms. Interesting writing and engaging plots.
I’d not heard of this author before reading your entry, and I thank you for recommending him.
It has changed my mind at times. I care deeply that my evaluations of other's ideas be evenhanded. A lifetime of CS Lewis training will do that to you. And yes, as T99 says, it is painful. But the Lewis idea, founded on an eternal perspective is you will pay the price of that pain eventually. Far better to pay it as soon as possible, as it will only get worse.
Thus, what I might flatter myself is intellectual courage is probably a kind of cowardice that wants to get the pain over with fast.
Assistant Village Idiot