I have postulated on several occasions that it is not possible to [literally] understand anything. Many have taken exception to this view but it is quite easy to provide clear and simple logic to this end. The idea that our intellect is incapable of accessing reality [one reason being the time lag between an event taking place and its perception] should be enough, but there are several other cogent reasons, e.g., the infinite number of events taking place each moment that completely overwhelms our perceptual and cognitive capabilities. Posters have then offered examples of supposed understanding we accomplish, but this is not really understanding, instead, it is learned cause and effect. That is, if 'x' happens, then 'y' will follow [but this has nothing to do with understanding why this happens...especially in a real sense]. For example... I suggest to my wife that she has put on a few extra pounds [cause] and she counters with a roundhouse right [effect]. That sort of thing. Well, everything is, "that sort of thing." In riposte, another might suggest that my wife was triggered by deep-seated anger from my comment which provoked her response, but that's not understanding. Understanding is knowing EXACTLY why she was provoked. Understanding is about "why," and the why of things is simply too complex for our intellects to handle. After all, even the simplest of things is brought to life by an infinite number of causal events preceding. This is not to say that we can not use cause and effect to good effect, as we do this all the time, but what it does suggest is that if we can understand that we cannot [really] understand, this opens up a Universe of possibilities, and one that can lead to non-attachment and a significant reduction in personal suffering. Our suffering is caused by our attachment [not letting go] to those things we cannot really know. It is the greatest error in judgement we all make. If we can simply allow things to come and go, we can live a lot lighter and suffer a great deal less.