A hammer seems pointless if you’ve never seen a nail.
- solutions seem pointless if the corresponding problem/purpose isn’t clear… even if the problem is encountered later
- it’s better to first demonstrate the problem before introducing a solution
- video gamers who find a locked door before finding a key make the logical connection (use key to unlock door) more often than those who find the key first
- children often hate the (advanced) mathematics taught in school because it often seems pointless
- functional programming monads are arguably simple, yet newcomers find them difficult… because they try to learn what they are are rather than what they’re for