|When You Get Right Down to It,|
This is Just Somebody's Opinion
Facts are another thing. You have opinions, and they are strongly held. Good for you. Opinions are the peanut butter of the soul; they hold together the two slices of bread that are... Okay, I lost control of the metaphor, but nevertheless, opinions are essential to your sense of well-being and hence to your ability to operate in the world. Unfortunately, every so often you come up against a fact, and what an awful lot of facts there are! Many of these facts completely contradict things you believe.
Not to worry; fortunately, facts are even easier to do without than people. When you get right down to it, what is a "fact" anyway, but a kind of opinion? Like algebra, that's just someone else's opinion! I'll emphasize that phrase again: someone else, someone who is different than you. Starting to get the picture? We're talking about the sort of people you're better off avoiding in the first place. And if they come back at you with - but remember, don't engage with them - a bunch of palaver about "scientific method" or "proof" or whatever, that's just another opinion. And unless it agrees with you, a wrong opinion.
But what do you expect of people like that?