Tolstoy: a thing’s significance (importance) lies in its being something everyone can understand. - That is both true and false. What makes a subject hard to understand - if it’s something significant and important - is not that before you can understand it you need to be specially trained in abstruse matters, but the contrast between understanding the subject and what most people _want_ to see. Because of this the very things which are most obvious may be the hardest of all to understand. What has to be overcome is a difficulty having to do with the will, rather than with the intellect.
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Culture and Value