My sense, maybe subjective, that interacting with Athena, I am able to skip Medusa when the subject is not entirely personal. It’s the personal element that has the capacity to stonewall one.
It’s a fascinating thought to consider the degree to which our personal attachments condition our pursuit of wisdom. my immediate reaction is to remember that differential equations were totally impersonal to me and yet they froze me to the bone. 🙂
Maybe it was my reaction to my inability to grasp the concepts, rather than the concepts themselves, that froze me?