...I just wanted to clarify this premise, I feel it's very important.
What I think is very important, is to leave ideas alone, and respond to them without interpreting them as - very often - something they are not.
People say things, write things, because that is what occurs, when it occurs. There is usually no claim to truth, implicit, in these communications. They are responses to stimuli.
Too many people see - and use the term - argument
to refer to a thought, a sentence, a comment, demanding then that it be backed-up
Such people seem not to understand that not everybody argues
The thinking-mechanism of a human may be accessed directly, via a far shorter path, than starting at the rectum, and delving laboriously upwards.
Then after interrogating the thought-mechanism, to delve laboriously downwards, to exit the rectum, once more.
And that is a somewhat visual representation of what I so often witness, on the internet.
It is up to nobody else to supply either truth, or credentials, to random readers of words.
If truth is, indeed, required, it must be sought by the one seeking it. It can not be supplied, especially to a cynic.
Or the argument
will be endless, unproductive, and entirely without point.