This one took me a long time to learn. Everyone’s got an opinion, and lots of people like to share it. Reasonable people can be convinced by a good argument to think differently.
Then there’s what I call the “irreconcilables.” These are the folks who feel so strongly about something that they have decided they cannot be convinced otherwise – regardless of facts, statistics, new evidence, or anything else. I’ve wasted great amounts of time and energy arguing with irreconcilables only to find myself at the end feeling exhausted with nothing to show for it.
Irreconcilables exist all over the place, but you can find them in their greatest numbers in the comments section of blogs. Don’t argue with them. It’s fruitless. You can post your thought in the comments, but know that attempting to convince an irreconcilable of anything they have declared they disagree with is futile. Better would be to state your thought and move on.
Don’t argue with irreconcilables. You’ll be much happier for it.