We live in possibly the greatest times ever. And we have access to more information than ever before. A lot of really smart people are out there making great discoveries. But I guess for me it's also a reminder of my limitations as a human being. When I was a kid growing up, I was on the top of the heap as far as smarts went. Everyone told me I would do great things. Well, I won't say I won't, but having reached my twenty-sixth birthday, I realize that there are sharp limitations on what I'll accomplish in this lifetime.
So, kind of railing against the inevitable, I went through my quarter life crisis and did so publicly with Quixotic attempts at Fermat's Last Theorem. At least I'm not in small company, I guess. And, at least, the problem has been solved by Wiles.
And, best of all, although I might have to lower my assumptions about how great I might be someday, I know what I really value. and I already have much of that.
So, with the end of my quarter life crisis, I'll stop wasting people's time with attempts at conquering a mountain with a spoon. Actually, I never was all that good at math, even though I like the subject. I'm more of a history buff.