Elle, none of this is personal. It’s ultimately about engaging with ideas — you and I are just proxies in a much larger container. Each of us has our own goals for why we do the things we do, so please don’t flatter yourself. If I was aiming to amend who you are I would’ve given up 30 layers of sediment ago.
Your final point exemplifies my parting shot — nothing will change your mind. What that says to me is that you need to feed it more often.
“Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.”
— Mark Twain