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Why do people memorize kanji?
It just fucks you up once you start learning vocabulary and you need to unlearn almost everything you just learned because you have thousands of meanings in your head that are useless. Very rarely can you see a word, remember the meaning for each character in the word, and then logically combine them to know the meaning of the actual word. There's too many possibilities when many times you might be memorizing 2-3 possible different meanings for each kanji. There's no way to correctly infer the meaning most of the time, you will just have to memorize the full word, but then what was the point of memorizing individual kanji?
I don't get it. People can spend over a year doing something like RTK and what's the point? There seems to be this common idea that you have to memorize kanji, that's one of the first big steps in all the guides, but why?