It’s easy to see how far an absurd idea can travel.
It’s also easy to see that the proponent of an absurdity often doesn’t hold the intellectual capacity to originate or to sell that idea.
That in turn begs the question, who then was the originator? Who was the forceful salesman of said idea? And, how is it possible for such a bad idea to escape a logical rebutting argument that would have killed it at the source?
For it is also obvious, trying to reason with one who fails to accept reason is the equivalent of speaking to rocks, they neither need nor deserve an explanation.
And a further thought … after being insulted by a stranger for making a clarifying statement on a Facebook group page the other day, I tried thinking of an appropriate comeback, couldn’t and just let it drop. I ignored it. It took a week, but I now know.
“Thank you for opening a window into your mind.”
No explanation, no anger, just end it. An “how dare you say that” invites clarification depending on the phrase that proceeds it. ‘You’re an idiot’ or ‘you have no right to say that’ or ‘you’re a hero for saying that’, sets the contexts for the proper response.
A single further clarification. A person can only say is what they have thought of, for what is speech but the concrete form of the thoughts that proceeded them? Your words are a snap-shot of your ideas. How another understands them and response is is a picture of their understanding. You can only make clear what they want to see clearly.
Remember the rocks.