Talking to the unconvinced
I recently had the following IM conversation with a friend of mine who despite over two years of conversations remains willfully and stubbornly unconvinced that growth is impossible to sustain in the mid-long term. I thought other people here might enjoy knowing that they’re not the only ones beating their head against the wall when talking with friend and families about anything of substance.
me: What do you think about this Pikkety guy?
Stephen: who is that?
At some point, we realize that humans are motivated primarily by desire and belief, not logic and knowledge. Once you accept that, everything makes a lot more sense.
Consider the AGW/climate change debate. Both sides of the issue have ardent defenders, despite the fact that very, very few people actually know enough about the issue and data to truly make their own logical decisions. Nevertheless, not only will people argue the "facts", they will take action based on their beliefs, i.e. buying a huge SUV or a hybrid. I work with many very intelligent people that admit they do not fully understand the science, but take actions (of one sort or another) based on their beliefs.
And of course, what people believe is largely driven by desire. It's much more difficult to convince someone of something they desperately want not to be true.