I don’t understand Math.

At all.

No way, no how.

I even had to take Math 002 more than once when I went to college because it just doesn’t make any sense to me.

That’s why I was so relieved to finally get all my Math classes behind me eventually.


What’s a concept that you absolutely can’t grasp?

AskReddit users spilled their guts.

1. A mystery.

“The fact that people will take the teachings of a 2,000 year old book to heart and say “it’s all true” with zero evidence, yet completely ignore something that is scientifically proven will evidence to support it.

No offense intended to religious people, you do you.”

2. Too stressful.

“Having kids, the whole concept seems SO stressful there is SOOOOO much that can go wrong.

I really feel the negatives WAY out weigh the positives and I feel when parents are telling you the “joys” they are just trying to convince themselves their decisions were good.”

3. Happens all the time.

“How tens of millions of people can be brainwashed by the same narrative.

I know there are some pretty susceptible people out there, but I didn’t expect it to be TENS OF MILLIONS.”

4. What’s happening?!?!

“Time travel.

Obviously it’s a fictional concept, but every time I watch or read anything about it my brain starts hurting really fast.”

5. Mind = Blown.

“Things like Wifi, Bluetooth and airdrop. Especially air drop.

HOW THE HELL can a picture form my phone magically appear on my laptop? I don’t get it. There’s nothing there to connect the two.

It boggles my mind.”

6. Just don’t get it.

“Emotionless s**.

The idea of a one-nightstand with someone you’ve only known for a few days – or even just a few hours (?!?!) – and who you plan to never, ever, ever see again boggles my mind.

Zero judgement, btw. I have friends who are happily single and simply get their physical needs met with hookup-apps.

It works for them, and I think that’s great. I’ve just never been in the position of finding someone I barley know s**ually attractive.”

7. I’m with you!

“All of the higher Math classes.

Algebra through Calculus. I just can’t do it.

I’ve taken Algebra 3 times and never got anything higher than a C. I get to radical equations and my brain takes a dump. Very confusing!”

8. Please explain it again…

“The stock market.

Having a number of friends in finance, they are numbers wizards.

They talk about how this pattern in this sector means the outcome will be this.”

9. Some people don’t care.

“Cultural appropriation.

I’m Hispanic and I don’t give a s**t if white people like our culture and copy it on their body or in their home.

It’s really not of any concern to me. It’s really hard for me to care.”

10. Confusing.

“The relationship between time and gravity. Like in the movie INTERSTELLAR, when the people on Earth age faster than them who are traveling through high gravity.

My understanding of gravity is a force that pulls objects together, the more objects together the stronger the pull. So I have gravity that pulls objects to me but it is so small of a force in comparison to say a planet or sun. Light is both a particle and wave so I get it being pulled by gravity.

But time isn’t a physical object, there is no particle or atom or whatever for gravity to pull. Time is our perception of our existence and our growth and eventual decay. So how is time being affected by gravity? How is decay slowed by the pull of gravity? If I were close to a dense system or black hole, would the electrical/ chemical elements in my brain slow down so I think at the same rate as I age?

Or would I be thinking really fast in comparison? Does gravity affect the rate of electron flow in electronic components?”

11. Not grasping it.

“Never have and never will understand inflation, I literally don’t understand how it works.

I get we can’t print more money but in my head that just doesn’t make sense, humans are the ones who ascribed value to everything so I don’t get what the problem is.

Yeah I’m not very smart.”

12. Seriously.


I really just cant understand why you would go out of your way to make the game/experience worse by purposefully being annoying and unhelpful.”

13. Don’t get it.

“Collecting things.

I have a pretty big nail polish “collection” but I wear all of it. When people collect things that do nothing but sit there, I don’t get it.

I have friends who own literally hundreds of those Funko Pop figures and I don’t know why.”

14. Blown away.

“How computer hardware like circuit boards and mother boards and graphics cards somehow magically translate electricity into the stuff your software can do.

Like I get how hitting the A button makes an A appear on your screen. But how does a bunch of metal and silicon and plastic make graphics for games and the thinking for NPCs or spellchecker on word processors?

I mean I know it’s 1s and 0s, but still…”

15. Anybody?


Like what the actual f*ck is that supposed to be?

How does it have a direction?”

16. Long, long ago.

“That we live on top of ancient cities.

I mean, I do get the basic concepts. It’s not that I don’t believe that there were civilizations before us, and that their cities eventually got abandoned, ruined, destroyed or conquered.

I just can’t imagine my hometown with all its streets, buildings and everything else being completely leveled and another city being built on top of it, to the point that it falls into the ground and you have to dig it to find it.

As I said, I completely understand the concept and the history lessons, I have a hard time figuring it out visually in my head an entire city being covered with ground and another city being built on top of it.”

17. Open land.

“I have a hard time imagining true wilderness.

The idea that in the past there was more land without people and settlements than there was and just how large those expanses were.

Having only seen a much settled world, I can’t imagine the scale of woods or prairies there once were.”

18. How does this work?

“How a sewing machine works. How does it loop and thread??

I’ve seen graphics on how it works and all, but my brain refuses to understand what’s going on.”

19. Confused…

“Call me 100% dumb, but WTF is electricity?

Like, how does it get there for us to use?”

20. Don’t ask me.

“Estimating size and distance. Don’t ask me how many inches a tablecloth overhang is. I don’t know if it’s three inches or six inches.

How far is it to nearest major city in miles? I dunno, about an hour in the car.

How tall is my kid? Umm, like to my ribs. Soooo anywhere between 2’ and 4’.”

21. What’s out there?

“What gets me is what is beyond space.

It’s increasing extremely fast, but if you somehow were faster than it (obviously impossible but if you think about it that way) what would you find? And what was there before the big bang and stuff?

Trying to understand there being “nothing”, not even darkness, which is what you typically think of when it’s nothing, screws with my brain.”

22. Doesn’t compute.

“Lack of empathy for others.

I’ll never understand how people can be as self centered as large portions of humanity are.

Like I get looking out for number one, but so many people are just ready to say “f**k them” to wide swaths of the world.”

23. What’s the point?

“Why we are even here, existing right now.

I still can not grasp what the whole point of even living is.

I know that sounds kind of dark but I genuinely can not seem to find a reason as to what my purpose is.

It keeps me up every single night.”

24. Hmmm…

“How cryptocurrency works as anything other than an investment.

Transaction costs make it useless as a real currency.”

25. Not getting it.

“Daylight savings time

. I’ve asked so many people about it and not a single person explains anything my brain can grasp.

It really doesn’t make sense how saying “it’s now 3 pm instead of 4 pm” helps anything at all.”

26. The circle of life.

“That I have a long heritage of ancestors before me many of which I do not know of and will never hear of, but they are all related to me and all have their own stories, and that one day I will become that person to another human being.”

Are there some concepts that you just can’t grasp no matter how hard you try?

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