Can we really convince others?

English: American pit bull terrier (named Tutt...

So I have added the “dogs” category in StumbleUpon hoping I might learn something interesting. What I have learned is that there is a ton of duplicated content, but more importantly a firm desire to try to convince people of their beliefs.

It’s interesting that people spend lots of time and money trying to convince others to change their beliefs. I used to be that way. Then I learned that I can only share what I have experienced once, and then let it go. For example in todays browsing I found a ton of website trying to convince me that Pitbulls are gentle dogs and great pets. If that is true or false I don’t care. What I find interesting is the idea that we can give logical reasons and convince others. We don’t convince others, we just appeal to their own biases and agree.

Or am I wrong? Can someone really convince you to do something you don’t really want to do without using force? I’m talking about the idea that if you argue about something enough, people will see the logic in your side and change their mind. That has never worked for me.

It’s fine that you give your opinion. Give it once and then shut up.


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