Occasionally, some flat-earthers would ask nicely and demand that the scientific and professional community treat them with respect and take them seriously. They ask everyone to respect them because only with mutual respect, then it would enable everyone to understand and determine the actual shape of the Earth.
Such an attitude is what is expected by the general public. However, respect works both ways. If a flat-Earther starts respecting scientists, professionals & the general public, it would be no longer possible for them to retain their belief in a flat Earth. Unfounded slander to a lot of people comes in a package in the belief of a flat Earth, and can never be separated.
A fundamental requisite for one to become a flat Earther is extreme prejudice to a significant number of people. Such animosity takes a significant portion in the ‘curriculum’ of flat-Earth indoctrination. Most of the indoctrination materials are centered on discrediting scientists, research institutions, and other parties that rely on the knowledge of the shape of the Earth. These parties are members of the general public, which exist in our community, and also have feelings.
If a victim of flat Earth indoctrination can get rid of their ill-feelings toward others, then it would be no longer possible for them to retain the belief in a flat Earth.
Their appeals that the general public starts to respect them are superficial. Respect is earned and needs to start from their own behavior. The disapproval toward them is simply the result of the flat-Earthers’ lack of respect to a huge portion of the general public.
- Tone argument – Wikipedia