I'm in high school, and one of my problems with geometry is the Pythagorean theorem. I'm very curious, and everything I learn, I ask "but why?". I've reached a point where I understand what the Pythagorean theorem is, and I understand the equation, but I can't understand why it is that way. Like many things in math, I came to the conclusion that it is that way because it is; math is the laws of the universe, and it may reach a point where the "why" answers itself. So what I want to know is, is there an explication to why the addition of the squared lengths of the smaller sides is equal to the squared hypotenuse, or is it just a characteristic of the right triangle itself? And is math the answer to itself?