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Originally Posted by **Bradley** Through my endless philosophical thought, I realized something. I've never seen mathematical proof that one is greater than zero. Think about it. |

This. This right here is exactly why I've had so much trouble with math over the years.

No matter what the subject matter is, I need to have everything make absolutely sense before I spend time on it or retain it. I don't do things "just because" somebody tells me to, and I don't learn things "just because" someone tells me that I need to know them.

*Why* do I need to know it? "Because it's how the world works." Okay, but

*why* does it work that way? I'm sure there is a detailed, logical explanation for math, but no one has taken the time to fill me in. It bothers me because math only appears to be logical and work if you have already agreed to play by the rules of math. It’s like a “which came first…” situation. If you agree to look at everything from within the rules of math, then everything makes sense. But why are the rules of math the rules of math?

If it’s just a language, like any other language, then it doesn’t strike me as “the key to unlocking the universe” like mathematicians proclaim. Just like you said, what if I decide that zero is greater than one? Depending on where you are in the world, people make different sounds for the same thing, idea, etc. But if math is only the universal language because people haven't decided to use different “dialects” or languages altogether, then how or why is math considered the end all/be all? I NEED THE ANSWER!