2). It is the true believer’s ability to “shut his eyes and stop his ears” to facts that do not deserve to be either seen or heard which is the source of his unequaled fortitude and constancy. He cannot be frightened by danger nor disheartened by obstacle not baffled by contradictions because he denies their existence.
3). And... I can not find the best one. It was something like [Facts become inconvenient and unnecessary when the 'True Believer' becomes convinced].
My point being... Trying to 2-way comm with a 'believer' is a fruitless pursuit. They have their minds made up and nothing is going to change them. It has to come from within, when they are ready... which might be 30 or 100 years.
Michael McDonald and Kelly Loggins wrote a tune: "What a Fool Believes". The lyric says the same point:
But what a fool believes ... he sees
No wise man has the power to reason away
What seems ... to be is always better than nothing
There is a jig-saw puzzle piece missing from the human condition. It's sad what we plug into that missing piece. Very sad. It's gonna end it all... "Nukes Ala Cart"
(Oh no! Paranoia! Lets Start A Religion! We can make millions!)