I believe people react this way about current thing because in a roundabout way you're showing them that they got duped. People fancy themselves as so intelligent and independent minded that there's no way they could possibly be fooled by something like propaganda. I witnessed this same reaction from a boomer acquaintance when this topic came up.
Some people don't have much of a personal identity to speak of, so they echo current thing. Exposing them to the other side of the argument, which they've likely been completely shielded from, can get interpreted as a direct personal attack by these people.
I have been in the current thing myself for years.
It's a working system, that kind of holds up if you don't question a lot of things, if you just go with the flow.
Changing your mind on something meaningful is hard.
And there is a secondary effect, if you enter the realm of distrusting narrative, what is more untrue?
It's a totally different perspective, I remember I laughed at "conspiracy nutcases" who were nervously passionate that 9/11 was a setup. I was pro-Israel, because Palestine looked like a shit hole compared to Israel which was looking good. I wanted to be part of the good guys, the elite, suits, all fancy.
When I was brought to my knees my perspective changed drastically, I was living in a bubble and any inconvenient information I kept outside.
On the other side, I was in a constant form or stress, I couldn't grasp why the central banks were constantly decreasing the interest rates, I was reading Mises and just couldn't grasp it, why? Or the holocaust, why are there no remnants of all the burned bodies? Why are there just as many jews before the war as after the war? Why was everyone investing in non-dividend paying assets? But for long I could live with these discongruities. I concluded I was probably was too stupid and I just didn't understand it.
Jesus was the road for me. A radical love of truth. Being truth, and in all Bible stories the last ones are the first.
We are about to read on the Samaritan woman.
John 4 / 5-42
So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me...
Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” They came out of the town and made their way toward him. Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”
While she spread the word, his disciples were wondering has Jesus eaten?
She gets it totally, directly, and turns, leaving her water jar, after a life of sin.
It's this radical transformation.
This is why many are so afraid of religious conversation. As it is radical, it demands a total change of heart.
And this woman after a life of sin, sees the truth, and says yes to him and goes out there to tell the truth. That's of an immense beauty. And that's how it is. This is Jesus in action, these acts of healing. Of relating again to truth, to God.
But she isn't stressed.
The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
A desire for truth. If we know we know, we don't need anymore lies, a new man, a new woman.
Exposing them to the other side of the argument, which they've likely been completely shielded from, can get interpreted as a direct personal attack by these people.
The light of truth is so strong, many are afraid of it and just close the curtains as quickly as possible. As it will destroy much of their thoughts, beliefs, concepts of self, of the world, and you realize you are nothing. You had no clue.
I'm not as strong as this Samaritan woman, I have been slowly opening the curtains out of curiosity for the truth and then closing them again then opening.
I fear the truth. But my desire for truth is stronger than my desire.
But the Samaritan woman is right. That's the right approach. Leave the jar behind and get to the real source.