Is educating yourself much more difficult than being educated? Why? Is it just a motivation thing?

I hope that's OK to ask. Anyone who uses this site frequently probably has an interest in learning, and not just reading, about philosophy

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For me being here is mainly about educating myself. That motivates the reading, but I don't know what motivates the interest in the first place.

Being educated puts one on a career path. Because of that I imagine being educated would be more difficult. There are expectations to meet. It is not as easy to stop showing up as it is to stop checking this site.

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    philosophy is interesting, i wouldn't over think that one ha – user38026 Aug 30 '19 at 10:17
  • @another_name Good point. – Frank Hubeny Aug 30 '19 at 11:37

Both methods are useful in their time and place but I believe when it comes to philosophy you have no choice but to educate yourself. Guidance is helpful, but you need to be free to pursue your own interests and not be forced to follow someone else's agenda. Indeed. I'd predict most students would do better if they sat at home and didn't go to lectures. After all, these days we have the internet.

As for motivation, if this is lacking I doubt any method will work.

Speaking from experience, I will be eternally grateful I didn't study philosophy at university.

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