I could get all profound and philosophical in response to this Bloganuary prompt. But there are a number of mysteries in life that I will probably never get to the bottom of, and don’t particularly want to.
Because, I would suggest, a mystery is not necessarily a puzzle that has to be solved. It can just remain a mystery.
I like good, old-fashioned mystery stories. A touch of mystery is always enjoyable. The best Netflix series always have something that needs to be resolved – a question mark that hangs in the air (usually at the end of an episode). They could be crime stories, or perhaps a documentary about a real-life crime that was never solved. Some of those are the best; there are investigations and dead ends and possible suspects. One that I watched recently was about the assassination of Swedish politician Olof Palme, who was shot dead on a rain-soaked street in Stockholm in 1986. The series suggests who the murderer might have been, but…Who knows, for sure? Who will ever know?
A mystery is something we can’t quite figure out.
Here is a short list of mysteries that have gone in and out of my life, and that I would like to have resolved – and others that I don’t care about at all:
Trigonometry at school: Didn’t care, and still don’t. What’s the point? The same goes for anything mathematical, really.
Daddy’s wartime experiences: He never talked about them, but I would like to have known how he felt, what he learned.
My favorite pair of earrings: I wish I knew where they had gone… They’re probably hiding somewhere.
A game called curling, that I see pop up in the Winter Olympics: It looks so daft that I don’t think I want to know how to play.
Is the Jamaican Petrel extinct, or will we one day hear its strange cry, up in the Blue Mountains? I hope so.
Cats are mysterious creatures. Although I love all animals, there is something about cats that I would rather leave quite alone.
Why is Kanye West so appealing to women? (Sorry, his name is Ye now). That surely is a mystery…to me…
And I could go on.
Of course, the biggest mystery of all is: “Why are we here?” But many religious people claim to have that one figured out.
Albert Einstein was not, so far as I know, religious. He just liked to delight in the mystery of it all:
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”
Indeed, scientists do love a good mystery, and they are happy to take a long time (forever, maybe) unraveling it.
7 thoughts on “It’s a mystery to me”
Maths may be a mystery at higher, theoretical levels, but if it’s a mystery at its basic levels, maybe one should think of how you pass a day without the simple matter of counting, or ordering things/people, or deciding what time it is (it’s a mathematical sequence). Much in nature is essentially based on maths-some have shown clearly why eg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibonacci. Maths can help you solve many things that appear mysterious, but are really easily explained seen differently.
Well, that’s a good point Dennis! The practical everyday applications of Maths. I had a boyfriend at Oxford who did Pure Maths (he got a First, too!) I never saw him do any studying but he left little scraps of paper all over his room with formulae scribbled on them. Perhaps that’s where I get the “Maths is mysterious” idea from (although in fact it was a mystery to me from primary school up!)
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My youngest made maths easier on herself when she understood my “maths is life” lessons
Dennis great comment! I would love to speak to you more about this and some other pressing issues i would like to get some feedback from you on. Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks much.
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earrings in hiding with single socks…
Hahaha! Yes, Ned. Those eternal mysteries…