Why does math even exist anyway? If you’ve never thought about how people even came up with math in the first place, you’re either lying or you’re not very interested in the ways of the world. But you know who is interested? Gracie Cunningham. Gracie is a teen who went on TikTok and dared to question how we even decided to develop the equations that we are all told to memorize and use in school these days.
And she went viral for it. But at first, people called it the “dumbest video” they’d ever seen. They criticized Gracie for not being able to recognize all the applications of math that existed back in the day. They were really mean about her perfectly valid questions because she is a teenage girl and teenage girls get no respect (to use the immortal words of Rodney Dangerfield). Well, Gracie, and everybody else, that’s about to change.
this is the dumbest video ive ever seen pic.twitter.com/cq3pEisHBR
In the video, Gracie talks about how she doesn’t think math is “real,” which she is very correct about. It’s a made-up system to understand and describe the world around us, but it’s manmade. We could have come up with a totally different system! We don’t know!
She’s asking important questions! What made mathematicians and philosophers like Pythagoras decide we even needed a system like mathematics, and what made them choose to describe things the way they did? Gracie says that algebra isn’t practical the way addition and subtraction are. So she’s just wondering how it even came to be in the first place.
All good questions. But the person who reposted her video from TikTok called it “the dumbest video I’ve ever seen.” Soon, it went viral, and plenty of party poopers piled on. They failed to see Gracie’s video as a legitimate questioning of the things she’s being taught and told to memorize.
Instead, they dismissed her as a teenage girl who couldn’t possibly be interested in anything that doesn’t revolve around her. The way people dismiss teenage girls is beyond frustrating. Soon, so many people came to Gracie’s defense and drowned out the haters with love and support.
Who are these trolls to criticize Gracie for totally valid critical thinking? Get away from her precious mind! People descended from all over the internet to try and protect Gracie from… Brinkwire short summary.