" I talk like...like I think MY opinion MEANS something, and don't I know that some people don't LIKE that tone in my voice? "
It's made it virtually impossible for me to work congenially with people of a certain age, because they are enraged by any confident statement of opinion.
In a way this piece extends the thesis put forth in Bloom's book, The Closing of the American Mind; what drove him to distraction was the fact that his students had no convictions based in what they considered truth as though truth was just another condiment on the buffet tray.
One of the defining characteristics of this group is their terminal confusion of "facts" and "opinions".
Their "facts" are, in fact, an opinion.
And, to them, your facts are not "facts", but "opinion".
There seems to be a congenital inability to make a distinction between facts and opinion. Consequently, they are reliant on dogma -- which is, itself, distinct from faith.