During this intense election period, here’s a bit of advice: If a person’s opinion is different than yours, don’t think you can alter their opinion with any facts…no matter how valid or what the source.
If you want some factual evidence about this (not sure what would be the right imoji to illustrate the humor in this comment), just Google: “People’s minds cannot be changed by facts.” You will find a lengthy list of posts from many sources…if you are willing to believe any of them.
Basically, our egos are heavily linked to our opinions. We humans don’t like to have anything damage our egos. Hence, we have little interest in knowing “facts” unless they support our opinions. To change an opinion, we have to first admit we are wrong….not an easy thing to do.
So what can change an opinion? It seems our emotions are a bit more capable of relating to something that might present a different way of thinking.
(Warning, I am turning political) Case in point: Trying to convince a Trump or Bernie enthusiast that Hillary Clinton is not the devil incarnate is a hopeless enterprise, even when offering factual material from any objective, reliable sources.
Last Sunday, we had a gathering of several local Democratic politicians and (plus our fabulous non-partisan candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction) Erin Jones. Each gave a short talk.
Then Eileen Jackson got up to speak on behalf of Hillary Clinton. She told of the Hillary Clinton she knows through the eyes of her family. She didn’t present any facts; just shared her family story. Her mother in law, Juanita Sandford, a sociologist in Arkansas, was someone that Hillary looked up to and worked with when Bill was governor of Arkansas, Eileen told of seeing Juanita at 90 years of age as she watched Hillary's acceptance speech at the convention. She shared Juanita's experiences with the forces within Arkansas that began the rumors that Hillary and Bill were untrustworthy, the same folks who opposed Juanita's efforts to integrate Henderson State College. Eileen ended by inviting those at the gathering to consider their choice between the Hillary that she knew or the cartoon character created by the opposition.
When Eileen described this to the gathering, there were no political points; just her personal description of someone she admires greatly. No one could argue with that.
You might keep this concept in mind anytime you are trying to change someone else’s view of the world.