I think the best way to educate yourself is to try. Doing things like ready, studying, researching. There are a ton of ways to educate yourself. You just have to get in an make an effort t do it. Decide its something you want to do and go for it.
I self educate through reading and practical application, there is nothing better for learning than actually putting in to practice what you learn. Sharing knowledge by networking can be of great value on some subjects.
The Scotish philosopher, Thomas Carlisle, said: "That man is most creative who can adapt from the greatest number of resources." He meant, that the wider your knowledge and experience, the greater your creativity. You become not only more insightfl, but more adaptible.
Now, we all want to be creative, to be able to make and fabricate, to communicate, to perform to the best of our abilities. So, in order to get this wide range of creativity it is best that we have as broad a life experience as we are able. Wide reading across a number of subjects, rather than specializing in one narrow field, will help here. As will holding down a variety of jobs over the years- preferably in different parts of the world.
Eventually, though, our natural inclinations will narrow down the field of our interests and we will tend to specialize in one or two areas. But my view is that the longer we can refrain from becoming that narrow specialist, the more we will grow. By the time we do reach those years of 'specialization' we will have a much wider range of knowledge, experience and, dare I say it, wisdom, than those who did not do these things.
Tusitala Tom, your words are full of wisdom. Irony is that the more we think we know the less we know and the less we think we know the more we are given. Wisdom is very subtle, a very few understand it and can distinguish it from fake knowledge.
Reading online and searching for any topic through world wide web is one of the best technique. I use it myself and for getting an answer to most of my queries in daily life.
Children today can also get educated through online training and tutoring programs which are just brilliant, reliable, time saving as well as affordable.
First, avoid the mainstream media. Read newspapers in at least three different languages from a minimum of three continents. You will learn that news is nothing but thought control.
Second, read and watch what the masses read and watch. This is not to learn anything for yourself. It is to learn how and why other people believe what they believe (it is because they don't challenge things like "pro choice", evolution, climate change, and tectonic and tsunami weapons; they lack discernment or the necessary logic skills to identify deception, misdirection, and disinformation.)
Third, look at who is successful. To what do they credit success? Ask them. Ask what they read, and read that. Create your own questions, and answer them yourself.
Fourth, pay attention to your heart. It really does know a lie from the truth. If something feels wrong, be sure to identify the source or sources, and then re-evaluate. If confusion remains, stay out.
Fifth, real education is not books and lectures. Education comes from action. There are 300,000 jobs in America that pay six figures, but remain unfilled. People think they need a BA to earn that money. Nope. You need to be capable of providing skilled services.
Sixth, observe what is going on around you. Compare that to the media, and to what everyone else believes. Did you know: Almost ALL of the gun murders in the U.S. each year occur in just 3 large cities. And, those have the highest gun control laws. In Chicago and D.C., you can't (according to lawmakers) own a gun. Without those 3 cities (all with liberal governments), America would have the lowest rates, just fourth from the bottom of the list. Or, did you know that Planned Parenthood was started by a racist who wanted to control the African American population? It's true. Margaret Sanger set it up. Still today, 80% of PP abortion clinics are in black and Hispanic neighborhoods. It's genocide, not choice. So, LOOK.
Last, anything without God is not worth doing. You will burn up life and strength to build something that will leave you. Pray about everything, and at every decision point. Pray without ceasing. The Holy Spirit is our teacher. Always pray and ask Him to teach you.
Read, get out and observe life and travel! Talk to people from as many walks of life and trades as possible. Then put into practice the things which appeal to you most; practice really does make perfect. Languages are useful and the best way to learn those is to go to the country of origin.
There are two kinds of education, one is worldly and the other self knowledge. For one, you have to tap all sources like newspapers, Internet, books, schools, colleges, institutions ,people and places all around and then choose what is suited to you and pursue the area accordingly. I am not sure if you are interested in the other kind of knowledge that is called self knowledge. This knowledge is entirely different and one needs a different bent of mind to acquire it. This knowledge is spread in various sacred texts but written in a very subtle manner and only a few can succeed to decipher it. However we can pursue it in a simple way. Just observe yourself when you act, think and react. Make an understanding of each of your emotion, anger, greed, thirst, hunger, love, hate, compassion, jealousy, envy, contempt, respect, honour, dishonor and so on. This way, a real awakening will take place in your mind and everything will be perceived by you very clearly. As I am not sure, you are interested in such knowledge or not, I stop writing but I wish you let me know it nonetheless.
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