Because of my station in life and the views that I hold, I frequently find myself at odds with almost everyone I meet. I have usually been able to find a way to get my point across and “agree to disagree” with most. On the few occasions that I have not been able to do this, I believe that it was more of a case of the other being unreasonable.
I think forums on the Internet have a knack for attracting people who are fairly stubborn about their opinions. I’m sure that’s true even of a few posters here. Perhaps the proper attitude to enter into any forum with is to pay attention to how the arguments in the thread affect and change you, rather than expecting to change a whole lot of hearts and minds through the power of your own intellect.
I, for instance, joined this forum knowing that I was going to have sharp disagreements with most on a number of issues. I am decidedly not here to convert other people over to my point of view (though, if it happens, I’ll try to live with it). I am here to simply read and learn for myself. Perhaps you should similarly ask yourself whether or not the commenters on such a thread will hae anything to offer that’s worthwhile.