I’m sure everyone’s response to the title of this post is a variation, more or less, of “well, duh!”. But remember who it’s coming from: the guy who is always insisting on the importance of moderate rhetoric, reasonable discourse, etc.
I just want to be clear that I recognize that sometimes, it’s all for nought.
What’s the context? A short discussion I’ve gotten into over at Culture11 with a couple conservatives who support abortion rights. Try as I might, I cannot get (at least one of) them to acknowledge that according to embryology a human being comes to exist at conception (whatever one’s definition of personhood). While I’ve been a bit impatient at times, my general tone is fairly calm, I think, and yet we are getting almost nowhere.
As I said, it’s a helpful reminder for me that — try as you might — some people just cannot be persuaded, at least in the short term, of what seems obvious and self-evident to me.