I understand the statement "The Higgs Boson gives particles their mass" is not entirely true, but at least captures the spirit of the idea. What I find curious about it is that mass is an almost universally shared aspect between particles, just like spin and charge.

I understand it is somewhat pointless to ask a question like "Why do fundamental particles have charge?" because there is a certain point where all we can say is "It just does." However, I would have thought asking why fundamental particles have mass would be an equally pointless question, yet there seems to be a reasonable explanation with the Higgs boson. So it seems inductive (and I'm guessing falsely so) that a fundamental attribute such as charge might also be explained in terms of undiscovered bosons.

If there is a disconnect here, could someone please explain why?


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