I knew better. I did. I just did not follow my own advice. I always tell my boys that no one wins an Internet fight.
What did I do? Got into an Internet fight today.
Someone was stuck on an idea that I felt was an erroneous assumption. I made the mistake of thinking they could be helped to understand by pointing them to verified information from a reliable source, but that ended with having them go off on a rambling tangent of crazy conspiracy theories. I ended a rather terse exchange with them with this sentence: “I can explain it to you, but I can’t understand it for you.”
Then I blocked them. Because they were not a friend, never were. Just an acquaintance from a long time ago.
Dad told me something years ago that has stuck with me and I have quoted it several times:
“Ignorance can be cured with properly applied amounts of education. But son, stupidity is terminal. They’re gonna die that way”
The truth of dad’s axiom have been shown to be true time and time again.
And this is not about politics, your religion, or how you cook a steak. This is about your ability to overlook your confirmation bias to see the truth of an issue. Stupid people can’t or won’t do that.