What’s a Concept You Just Can’t Grasp? Here’s What People Had to Say.

Math. I can’t do Math.

No way, no how.

I even had to take Math 002 TWICE in 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. 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…”

2. Anybody?


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

How does it have a direction?”

3. 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.”

4. 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.”

5. 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.”

6. Confused…

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

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

7. 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’.”

8. 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.”

9. 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.”

10. 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.”

11. Hmmm…

“How cryptocurrency works as anything other than an investment.

Transaction costs make it useless as a real currency.”

12. 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.”

13. 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?

If so, please talk to us in the comments and fill us in.

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