Math - A Language From Mars

EXHIBIT A: Alien language, otherwise known as Math, telling the other aliens how, when and where they were going to destroy earth!
EXHIBIT A: Alien language, otherwise known as Math, telling the other aliens how, when and where they were going to destroy earth!
EXHIBIT B: Alien language, otherwise known as Math, plotting in their secret language!
EXHIBIT B: Alien language, otherwise known as Math, plotting in their secret language! | Source

If you are a hater of Math like I was then you will know what I mean when I say Math is surely from a different planet. Different planet? Try different Galaxy! OK.

Are you, or were you, one of those people who, when in class, saw your teacher go from human to alien in a second and then start to spew out the formula for destroying earth as we know it? I sure was. I absolutely, positively, detested Math and all it stood for - whatever that was! How many times I desired to have a time machine to go back in time and have a good firm 'chat' with Pythagoras and all these other "thinkers". I would have said to him and all the others - "Listen - you have to get out more. You can't spend your life drawing triangles all the time. Don't you know you are creating a monster for the children of the future? Don't you know that because of you dozens, hundreds, if not thousands of children will suffer from migraines and take tons of Tylenol, Paracetemol, and all the other mols to get rid of the pounding, twisted head that your theories cause? The crease in my forehead, Pythagoras! The crease, which everyone always inquires about - wanting to know if I am worried - it got there because of you and your Math!" Surely, I thought to myself, he would have ceased and went about something else especially when he saw that indeed, the crease on my forehead is troubling to say the least.


So Math was a bane on my existence - like a shadow it followed me all through my school life and would not let up. My teachers would scream at me - "MATH IS LOGIC! DON'T YOU GET IT???!!!" I just looked at them dumbly like the Eeyore that I was.

Eeyore from Winnie The Pooh
Eeyore from Winnie The Pooh

Year after year passed and my grades kept dropping lower and lower until it seemed like they would have reached the Center of The Earth. To my horror, Math started showing up in nearly every class, a stalker determined to make me return its love, squarish though it was. I resented it when it reared its ugly head in Art and I had to be "Mathematically" precise for Calligraphy. I expected it in Science, because if it would gang up with any other subject Science was the most likely. But it blew me away with my beloved Geography. How dare Math invade the loveliness of map reading? I resolved to fight back. If Math wanted attention -it would get it and be sorry for it.

I focused more than ever in class but I just could not get it. It was like a huge, sound-proof, bullet-proof wall was between me and the key to understanding Math. I could not break the wall because I did not know what the wall was made of. I searched and searched and asked every teacher I could find. No one could help me break the barrier between Math and myself.

One day, at the end of my rope, with chunks of hair in my hand, I heard myself say "I can't."

" I can't." Stopping, I said it again. What did I mean by saying that I couldn't do it? An over-analyst of sorts, I came to the conclusion that I thought that Math was bigger, better, and stronger than I was. The reason I could not get it was because I entered the fight believing that I would lose. My preconceptions were what built the wall.

To take the wall down, I had to decide that I would no longer judge the subject of Math. I would simply look at it for what it was. Not expect anything of it and not look at it as a thing with power. The results were amazing. Math started to look like sums! Those squiggly lines actually meant something and all of a sudden I was speaking Martian and they did not want to take over the world, they wanted Popsicles! Ha, no that was just a bit of my madness there.

I began being comfortable with getting sums wrong. Before I was so scared that I would get the Math wrong, I would not even attempt it. I would just say it was too hard, when really I was underestimating the bit of intelligence that God gave to me. Today I tell every kid who has a problem with Math to stop being afraid of the thing! If you get the sum wrong it is a step toward understanding. That is what learning is all about.

Since then, Math and I have formed a truce. I no longer hate it, nor do I love it, but I have learned to get along with it and respect it. Today, I can hear someone ask for the formula for the circumference of a circle and I can honestly say I feel no terror strike within my heart because not only do I know it but I can solve a problem with it too! There is no escaping Math and if you think about it, it is in everything that you do. Sometimes the difference between understanding Math and seeing it as an enemy is your understanding of your own intelligence. Though you be surrounded by the greatest teachers, they can only lead you so much, the rest is up to you.

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kafsoa 5 years ago

This is a nice hub math lover, I think many people should change their minds after reading your hub :) Good work!


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North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hey Kafsoa, thanks for the comment! I really do hope that it could help change the minds of a few people....I don't know though, a Math block is a hard thing to get over :)


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia

I never liked math, but I tutored Algebra for almost a whole school year. I took the job, because it was the only opening, but I was surprised that I didn't mind it. I was able to teach it well and enjoyed helping the students. I voted this honest hub up and useful!


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North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hey Ebower, that is great! I always had teachers who told me the subject was easy. No one ever said that they had problems with it. I think if they had, I would have thought I could conquer it. Math is a subject that can be approached in so many different ways but I did not know that then. I am glad that you could get through to your bunch and that you helped them. There is nothing like being able to finish a sum, know it is right and realize that you are not so stupid after all!


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seriousnuts 5 years ago from Philippines

Great narration! I had to agree that Math seems like a Martian language! But if you look closer, it's in fact not that difficult to decipher. I'm glad you were able to break that wall. I too had overcome my fear of Math. It was a subject that was being stressed in my school. So I had no choice but to learn to love it to pass my grades.


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North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Thanks Seriousnuts! Yup Math is compulsory and you really can't get anywhere without it. It is so much easier when it is not viewed as a monster out to get you, though. I am glad that I found a way to face it as you did. I hope that kids today realize that it is only as hard as they imagine it to be. The mind is indeed a wonderful and powerful thing.

Thanks again for stopping by and leaving such a cool comment!


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Caleb DRC 4 years ago

North Wind, I have grown fond of both you and your hubs, which is why it pains me to have to correct you on this one. I have thoroughly analyzed exihibit A above, and I have concluded from this deep analysis that the message is not to aliens concerning the location of Earth's destruction, but rather a message to me telling me the location of my favorite socks--last seen in the washer over 12 years ago.

Lots of humor in this hub, and you make a very good point.


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Caleb DRC! You can translate! I am so glad they know where your favorite socks are because then maybe they might know where my favorite socks are! They were fluorescent pink and yellow and I lost them around the age of six. Can you ask them and get back to me on that?

My struggle with Math was comical to say the least but I really realized what it was about when I connected it to God. Come to think of it my understanding of Math grew as soon as I knew God used it. It is a gift from Him. That is why I appreciate your Math hubs so much because I know you feel that way too.


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Caleb DRC 4 years ago

I contacted the aliens with my faster-than-light communicator and they not only know where your fluorescent pink and yellow socks are but they have them in their possession; however, they refuse to give them up except under one condition: I'm to tell them the significance of the year 1994. They said you would know.


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

1994? I can't tell them that! If I do we'll all be DOOMED! Doomed I say. I guess they'll have to keep my socks then :(


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Caleb DRC 4 years ago

Very funny, North Wind--lol! I hate to think that the first galactic war is going to be over our socks.


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Ha! I know. I get carried away sometimes :)


Anjan 4 years ago

I do believe this writing can save a million people from the agony of math


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Thank you very much for the compliment, Anjan. :)

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