I always thought that no matter what, I would care about you that even if you called me three years after I would answer but…time passed and I learned you never cared about me so why should I care about you?
Oh man, thank you but believe me, I really don’t! I am, however, willing to learn about everything, and I think that’s something that a lot of people are afraid to do.
I think people often worry about autodidacticism because they worry that they’ll end up choosing the wrong resources to learn from, or that they’ll never know as much as anyone else on a particular topic. People often equate learning with academia, and that doesn’t have to be the case. You can teach yourself very effectively if you make sure to follow a couple of guidelines.
Knowledge is not a competition - you know what you know, and as long as you’re prepared to admit where there may be gaps in your knowledge and you’re willing to fill those gaps, then honestly, you’re going to be the most intelligent person in that room. Never be afraid to ask someone for their opinion on a topic and never feel as though you’re stupid or inferior because you don’t know the name of an Egyptian god or the winner of the last Grand Prix.
Teaching yourself about things instead of having someone else teach you can be tough, but that’s what libraries, museums and the vast ocean of the Internet are all for! There are literally millions of sources for you to check out and read, from webcomics (great source of political / ideological information) to films and documentaries and even goddamn Tumblr blogs.
The one thing you should be careful about when educating yourself is to always ensure that your sources are valid and unbiased. This can be tricky, but it comes with practice. For example, if you’re going to learn about Catholicism, it’s best to read a textbook written by a theologian rather than a priest, as a theologian will ostensibly be more objective and you’ll get a more well-rounded knowledge base.
Always remember that there’s more to learn. Without turning this whole thing into a Dead Poets-esque metaphor, humans are not vessels, and knowledge is not water. Knowledge is infinite, and you’re never going to know everything about a subject, no matter how much time you dedicate to learning about it. This goes back to point one: always accept that you have more to learn, and use it to your advantage. Knowledge is power, yes, but so is education, and that’s a continuous process.
The best way to learn about something, in my experience, is to talk about it. Start debates and discussions. Listen to other people’s viewpoints formed from their own knowledge base and incorporate them into yours to form a more well-informed viewpoint of your own. Never think that learning has to be a solitary process, because it works best when it’s communal.
I really must go to bed now, so apologies for ending this somewhat suddenly, but rest assured that I really, really appreciate you taking the time to let me know that you appreciate the effort I’ve gone to in order to educate myself, and I hope you won’t be afraid to help me out in my / ask for help in your own ~journey of knowledge~ in the future!