I may be a dilatant, but it is better than being ignorant. When I went to graduate school, I did not only take courses that applied to my degree; I went berserk trying to get an education. This was probably to my detriment, I did not graduate with a 4.0. My class load was always too heavy, but I wanted to learn as much as I could. That was important to me, learning! Getting older, after a full day of work and two and a half hour total commuting I am tired when I come home. But the least thing I can do is watch a YouTube video here or there about growing or taking care of Bonsais, which is one of my hobbies. I am trying to learn something there. I read when my eyes and brain can handle it. I usually read non-fiction, I want to learn! At home we rarely watch TV; maybe the news and a cooking or a home show so now and then, but that’s it. This summer we’ll watch the Tour de France.
All my bitching and moaning aside, learning and knowledge is not only good for you mentally. It has been shown to slows down our mental decline in old age, helps us socially and may even help us financially. Finally, when we are all educated, society will benefit as well, only then can we change the world for the better for all and eliminate the great divide between people.