Just add to the topic of tonight's earlier post, we all know people like this. Conversing with them is frustrating, uncomfortable, and sometimes intolerable because no matter what you say to them, they have an answer for everything.
This trait is the most pronounced when they are doing or saying something that is particularly unpleasant, harmful, or just plain not smart. No matter how respectfully, courteously, or constructively an explanation or an explanation is given, it is either (a) not acknowledged, as the subject is changed with lightning speed; (b) answered with an infinite number of excuses, based on details, minutiae, and the proverbial ifs, ands, and buts; (c) met with a defensive "don't judge me;" or (d) drowned out with the intellectual equivalent of horse manure.
Now keep in mind, unlike them, we don't know everything. We can express opinions tactfully, and explain why it might not be a good idea for them to proceed on their present course. But the chances are, however unlikely, that some of that minutiae they fling at us might actually make sense, at least to them. More importantly, this flung minutiae has a hidden benefit - the annoyance and irritation that it causes lessens any desire there once was to sympathize, to offer assistance, or be anyone's little helper.
In other words, do you really want to hear all of that? Is your life so empty and dull that you have adequate room for all of that? I should hope your answer is no to both. The fact that these individuals obviously have enough room for all of that should be a clear indicator that you're not dealing with someone who thinks like you do.
As Beta Males, we pride ourselves on doing good for others. We are proud of being compassionate, sensitive, chivalrous, and when necessary, selfless. Because of people like this, these wonderful qualities cannot be provided to everyone.
Try it once, maybe twice. If they still have "answers for everything," or they just keep bobbing and weaving, then just walk away. There's no shame in just saying "you win" to someone like this. As set forth in the earlier post, let them either figure it out for themselves, or simply fall on their own sword, without your involvement. It's OK to be more selfish than selfless when confronted with all of that.
Just let them do, or say, as they wilt. You never know, they might still turn around and see the light on their own anyway.
Hope you all had a satisfying 2013 -- but let's all have an even better 2014!