We have entered into a new world reality. The physical testability of facts is no longer considered a path to the proof of the validity of those facts. Instead, the spin on a statement that agrees with a person’s present point of view is now considered as the truth to that person and to their audience. The reality of their statement may be preposterous in the extreme, but a direct challenge to the statement is nowadays considered a violation of good manners. And so, in many social situations, it isn’t done.
For example, if there is a person claiming there is a Martian spaceship currently in their backyard it must be accepted as true because the person you are conversing with just said it. If there are other people present in the conversation it is required that everyone listen respectfully in a state of acceptance while there is a discussion of the Martians, what they look like, what their names are, and what their mission to Earth is, and why this person was chosen as their contact point to Earth’s humanity.
The problem arises when you ask to go visit with the Martians, to see, and talk with them yourself. This would be a wonderful thing, and I would like to make a video of our conversation so we could show it to everyone because then the people of Earth would believe and understand. But even a simple request like that is an affront. The Martians came to them personally, and in due time the truths brought to us Earthlings of their visit will be revealed. Only the speaker is permitted to interact with them. In the meantime, we are expected to believe everything they say.
When I encounter this kind of conversation I try to understand how the person’s understanding is coming into existence. To do that requires listening and believing what they say as they say it, so that a communication is taking place, but as the ideas are understood and difficulties in the ideas come to the fore it is necessary to challenge them. However, my experience has been that it is difficult to make any progress with these people because they challenge the very concept of testability of the ideas being presented.
Many people’s truths are remarkably resistant to being tested against physical reality.