Speak Your Mind: Fallacious Friends
This week’s Speak Your Mind comes from my real life. What do you do when your friends and family won’t listen to reason? Or worse yet, actively avoid reason?
I am someone who tries to argue in the most rational and logical way possible. Regardless, I am constantly getting into conversations with people who freely engage in logical fallacies, even after said fallacies are pointed out. Topics include everything from alternative medicine to the recent debt ceiling debates here in the U.S.
What is so frustrating is not that I have friends and family who disagree with me. (I live in Kansas and am an agnostic/atheist and a bleeding-heart liberal, so I’m quite used to that.) What bothers me is that it seems more important to people to win the argument and maintain their preconceived notions than to learn and grow as a person. Cutting these people out of my life seems extreme, but sometimes I’m pushed to my wits’ end.
Have you ever run into this situation? What do you do? Do you continue to argue, even though it does little or no good? If possible, do you cut these illogical people out of your life? Or do you give up and save your emotional well-being?
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