What an excellent article! This piece encapsulates what I have tried to say to people on social media about the futility of convincing someone to change their minds by calling them stupid or worse while discussing issues like guns, abortion, politics, etc.
I have been guilty of this kind of hubris too often. A clever meme that succinctly sums up my opinion graphically is hard to pass up. I have recognized it in others much more often not because others are more guilty I suspect but because it is easier to see flaws in another person.
I have honestly tried to engage people with opposite views online with very little luck, but sometimes I’ll have a good exchange and learn something. Too often though I end up having to wish the other person a good night after they begin calling me unpleasant names or issuing threats.