“Don’t confuse me with facts. My mind is made up.”

This is an attitude that has become more and more prevalent in our society.

For example:

Despite the pictures of piles of emaciated corpses and the personal testimony of survivors, there are still numerous individuals who think the holocaust was a hoax.

Others believe that the moon landings were faked and filmed on a movie set. They choose to ignore evidence such as the rock samples that were brought back and other videos that couldn’t have been faked.

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What do these factless things have in common? The people involved want to believe in their own fabricated realities.

Our most recent occurrences of the "don’t confuse me with facts, my mind is made up” are the beliefs that somehow, even though the voter fraud lies have been looked at and debunked by 60 some court cases with both Republican and Democrat judges, millions of Republicans will not accept the truth. They want to believe the fraud version of the facts as told to them by a charismatic man who has told thousands of verified lies and half truths.

Still others won’t accept the fact that the Covid virus is anything other than the flu and is a fraud, even though over 500,000 people have died from it.

In addition, there are still over 39% of individuals who won’t take the proven vaccines and overlook that now millions of individuals have received the shots with virtually no major problems.

Then there is the anti-mask group, who seem to think it’s their right to infect others, and cling to a few cases where wearing a mask didn’t appear to make any difference. They ignore the majority of places where masks were mandated and the positivity rates have gone down.

How do we deal with these “don’t confuse me with facts, my mind is made up” individuals? It is useless to try to reason with them, for they have chosen what they want to believe.

We can only hope that the weight of all the true facts will force them to abandon their discipleship to fake facts and join the rest of us in helping to get the country back to some kind of normalcy.

Lee Murdock, Grand Forks