Have you ever squared off against someone pushing food you don’t want, and they won’t take no for an answer? They tend to badger people with less-than-compelling arguments like this:
But you haven’t tried MY zucchini!
The more tenacious ones will argue well past the point of incivility. If you ask them why it’s so damned important to eat their hellspawn food, they’ll say something like, “you’ll like it!”
That’s not an answer. It doesn’t offer a lick of insight as to their motivation. They’re just repeating themselves. Why?
We all wrestle with this question once in a while: how do you make sense of a person’s motive when their motive is elusive? …