A: What a pointless argument to get into, I’ve never seen you lose your cool like that before. You know trying to convince conspiracy theory junkies about the truth is a lost cause, why did you get into an argument with him in the first place. He was bound to drag you down to is level and dictate the debate in terms of emotions like patriotism and zealotry.

S: Don’t you think I know that I’ve had my fair share of unreasonable and deluded people, but I couldn’t walk away Ameen, he was being too unreasonable, too false, too... stupid. But you are right, I shouldn’t have lost my cool, that was my mistake.

A: Not your only one; you approach there debates in the wrong manner. People don’t like being told they are wrong, or that they are stupid. Methodically detailing the flaws in his arguments in a condescending tone was always going to make him confrontational. This is not a debating competition; where an impartial third party determines the outcome of the debate based on the strength of your argument or your eloquence; this is a real life discussion, where your objective is to convince your opponent.

S: So what? He was wrong, you know this, I know this, and even he knows it in the heart of his heart. You suggest that I should tone down the truth to protect his ego? I should cater to his irrationalities so that he is more amiable. How will any of that help?

A: No you don’t cater to him, but you don’t refute him outright either; try to work within his domains of understanding, and nudge him towards the right direction, he will only believe something if it is rooted in some elements of his own belief and understanding.

S: Well I guess we have to disagree there, I can’t do that, I won’t risk reinforcing his falsely held beliefs so that he could agree to one of mine. If he can’t divorce his self from an objective argumentation then that is not my fault. You and I argue all the time; we keep it civil don’t we?

A: Almost all of the times.