Too many people today do not put enough emphasis on the importance of being educated. I do not mean having a hundred thousand dollar degree from some university but actually having the initiative to read a few books.
People do not understand that a real education is up to the person in question, not to that of institutions or governments. The amount of study one employs into a subject is at his/her own will. He or she is the master of how much they learn, and how much they want to learn.
Do not get me wrong, I am not some sort of hippie who thinks school as useless, but I believe that a really educated person is not someone who simply gets a university degree, but someone who reads, studies, researches, talks to people constantly. There is simply not enough there for a degree to be the only indicator that a man or woman is educated. Trust me I have met a lot of people in this world that have had multiples degrees but were rather idiotic, even for their own good.
I can only try and inquire how many people in this world have a degree but cannot hold a proper conversation. Interestingly many of these people tend to be at the top of their classes. The reason for this is quite simple. Most people tend to simply concentrate on their grades, rather that learn something. I believe that sometimes the most brilliant people out there are the ones who love learning for the sake of learning. Also it seems that those people tend to do the very best in their ceases. So really what does it come down to?
Passion is something that is a must, a necessity of life in order to pursue something, and truly achieve something. Still, I do not think that passion alone can motivate someone to learn. There are so many other things. I am just not sure what they are. However, the simple fact remains that if one does not have the will to open a book, whether it does yield a degree or not, it simply does not matter.