I like to think that humans are, in general, cerebral beings, unaffected by bias or emotion.
But every time I’m met with a bigot, who has nothing to cling to but the strength of their opinions, I lose this hope.
The more they speak, the more they prove themselves as incapable of accepting anything but their own beliefs. Added to this is a lack of self-awareness, causing them believe that they’re not closed-minded, they’re just right.
Often it betrays an insecurity. You can tell that underneath their words, they harbour a subconscious feeling that they’re wrong. To make up for this, they express themselves strongly enough to convince themselves that they’re right.
As logically as you explain things, step-by-step, premise to conclusion, they won’t understand. They’ll never be able to accept the truth, and remain completely ignorant.
It’s impossible to have a discussion with someone like this.
The discussion is superficial, and the issue lies within the person themselves.