Just saying: you, together with a large amount of the people whose life was wrecked by maths, might be historical victims of the Bourbaki group...
Maths weren't always conceived and taught as they are now. Before the industrial age, maths were learned as the Quadrivium: Arithmetic, Geometry, Astronomy and Music, that is, stuff that deals largely with the physical world rather than with language (which was the matter of the Trivium: Rhetoric, Grammar and Logic). It was science's and philosophy's development during the XIX and early XX century which forced maths into a radical formalization, founded on a reformulated logic (grounded on Boole's work) and later in set theory (with Russell as a huge cult figure), until finally crashing in many regards by the second half of the century (specially with the failure of Vienna Circle and the works of Gצdel) but proving miraculous for the development of the informatics and computation that opened the gates of postmodernity.
Paradoxically, it was precisely thanks to this that I (as I said before) could find some light at the end of the tunnel with mathematical logic towards philosophy... that is, with something that all in all isn't maths in the old sense, but a byproduct of this historical affair. As I eventually understood, my only concern was indeed the all-pervasiveness of language and signification; to be perfectly honest, everything concerning direct phenomena and mechanics (calculus, geometry, differential equations...) always was and still is painfully hard for me to grasp; other fellow maths students felt similarly: they just found a specific mathematical subject which language game (to borrow Wittgenstein's term) they felt comfortable with and could entertain as entirely abstract formulations; but if we talk about maths in the old way, the most skilled guys I got to know at college were invariably not mathematicians (usually physicists)...
Anyway, what I mean to tell you with all this is that maths might be taught in strange ways, but they're far more than this or that particular school of thought (or perverse political project) and overall a field that really reaches much more areas than itself. So, even if you find them really hard (as I did) and do not want to be a fucking savant cloudcuckoolander anyway (as neither do I), please do not come to hate and ban them entirely from your life. After all, even in their strangest take they gave us internet and who knows? maybe someday they could give us another pleasant surprise.
Post edited on 1st Jan 2015, 10:11pm