I've been confused on why mass is such an essential component to understanding the physical relationships that we experience. From my limited understanding I want to believe that I can recognize the significance of general relativity, special, the various quantum functions, among recent advancements. I've heard the standard model called a mathematical mess but I don't quite get why. The complexity of the formula itself makes sense to me with there being such a diverse number of forces to account for. With the infinities present in the standard model yielding a possibility of infinite gravitational forces, it seems to me like it would be a statistical anomale. The problem with mass also makes sense to me; because it's possible to envision, from my understanding of the relationship between matter and energy, that mass could be a perceived effect. I fully expect that my thoughts are flawed most likely from just plainly misunderstanding key concepts, so I would appreciate some feedback on where the flawed logic is.