Archive for June 4th, 2013

You Can’t Win An Argument

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Have you ever won an argument? Has anyone with an opposing point of view ever said to you, “Say, I never thought of it that way.  You’re right – and I was wrong.”

You have a better chance of sewing a moonbeam to a fart.

These are some things I’ve learned:

• People’s opinions are rarely changed in an argument.

• Most people come to their conclusions from feelings, beliefs, and traditions.

• They most often form these conclusions without objectively considering facts or a changed reality.

•  People most often listen to  information with which they already agree and are just as likely to ignore information with which they  don’t.

• When people hear facts or logic which support their position, they
reinforce their own opinions and then often use these reasons to believe they’ve arrived at their opinions through them.

•  People just “know” they’re right.

•  The stronger someone presents his beliefs, usually the less sure he is of them and he often becomes defensive.

Do you disagree with these ideas?  Do you think I care?

PS- rereading this, I thought some readers might ask (considering the title of this blog) “Franco, do you mean we should be wary of YOUR opinions?”  I would say “Friends, you should be ESPECIALLY wary of my opinions!”