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The answer was and you may not be satisfied with it - "convention".
Once it is declared that it is a mere convention, I am perfectly happy with it.
Telling someone that their Eternal Truth is a mere "convention" can be very upsetting to them, even with insignificant details.
Like when I (many years ago) helped this lady, who had been using Word Perfect for years, to learn to use MS Word: When I explained the the button with the printer icon, she objected fiercely to that way of working: "You must agree that using the F7 key for printing is much more natural!"
Or dress codes: In several countries, you are required by law to expose certain parts of your body when in public, but to cover other parts. Saying "Sheesh, it is just a convention" and throwing away your swimsuit on the beach will be met with far stronger reactions than just "He is not behaving according to established conventions".
OK, even the fiercest "correctionists" are not threatening to call the police, even if you wrongfully describe Corona symptoms as a flu. But it goes far beyond "a mere convention" reactions. Such as when I ask what distinguishes flu viruses from non-flu, and one answer concludes "Doctors are idiots, eh?" To me, that is a quite emotional reaction to the questioning of a convention. To me it says, Don't you ever dare to touch that convention!, at the same level as Don't you ever dare to drop your swimsuit at our beach! if I ask for the real justification for the swimsuit requirement.
I am not an expert, but I guess the difference is like getting hit by a tree while passing by, or getting hit by someone with a tree:
The first can happen because there's bad wheather, the other can happen, because you asked a silly question. But in both cases, the symptoms are the same
GOTOs are a bit like wire coat hangers: they tend to breed in the darkness, such that where there once were few, eventually there are many, and the program's architecture collapses beneath them. (Fran Poretto)
Some restaurant chains have replaced their plastic straws with a version that looks/feels/tastes like cardboard because, I'm told, sea turtles end up with those straws in their stomach. Or some such. The inside of these cardboard straws seem to be lined with something that isn't cardboard because, I'm assuming, cardboard itself would otherwise absorb the liquid and start decomposing immediately.
Only, the cardboard straws do start to decompose before I can even finish my drink, and I end up with pieces of cardboard and whatever that coating is, in my stomach.
Somehow I'm not thinking this helps me. But then, I'm sure that sort of thinking is wrong, because the goal isn't to help me.
The restaurant Blaze Pizza doesn't even offer straws. Instead they have lids that you sip from. Yup, that's right, adult sippie cups. And it is still difficult to get much out when there's a lot of ice.
Long ago in a country far away, we grew up only knowing straws made of waxed paper. Yes, they weren't perfect but at least we did not pollute the environment with plastic. I look forward to their return when we finally come to our senses and ban plastic straws forever!