.....The offense factor is definitely different, but the frustration factor in dealing with people who have permanently made up their minds about you without knowing a thing about you is the same.
I guess so. And what a boring old forum it would be if such problems didn't arise. Gives us all something to do.
Actually, if one side (or both) is flatly refusing to change their mind; refusing to accept there is even any possibility
of changing their mind.....then so far as I am concerned there is no longer any point in conversing with that person.
There's little or no point in me trying to understand their position. Certainly there is no point trying to understand why they hold that position. All I need to know is how their position may or may not affect me.
Its like arguing with a locked door - it may be mildly interesting to know who built the lock, why the door is locked, or what is behind that door, but at the end of the day if that door is impassable then my focus has to be on how I circumvent that door. Does it mean I have to sit in front of it forever, or do I go somewhere else? A better analogy might be arguing with a bomb-on-wheels.....it's irrelevant WHY this bomb may want to blow me up, all I need to know is how fast it goes, and what damage it will do.
When a mind is entirely impervious to change, its motives are moot. All that matters is how its opinions will affect the world. And in great part, that may be a conversation best held without
the input or knowledge of the unchangeable mind.