Our digital age has unleashed boundless knowledge.
Virtually everything known to man can be found with a quick search for free or a nominal cost. It's all there for the taking.
Half the work- the gathering of knowledge- has been done for us. We no longer have the excuse of the Public Library being too far away or closed for the day.
But that leaves the hard part, the actual reading and digesting and applying of that knowledge, to us.
Fortunately most of the big excuses- distance, expense, and other barriers to entry- are gone. All you have left is "American Idol is on" or something equally lame.
Get busy. Your life will be richer on the other side.