Someone once said that, “If you can read but you don’t, you have no advantage over a person that can’t read at all.”
Many people in North America purchase two or fewer books every year.
Many of those people have seen every single episode of American Idol. There is clearly a correlation here.
Access to knowledge, for the first time in history, is largely unimpeded for the middle class. Without effort or expense, it's possible to become informed if you choose. For less than your cable TV bill, you can buy and read an important book every week. Better yet Share the buying with six friends and it costs far less than coffee.
Or you can watch TV.
Choose wisely where you are getting your information from. Especially when you are making important decisions (like buying a home). Read and educate yourself, talk to the experts that are often offering their knowledge and experience for free (If they ask you to pay for it, watch out.)
The only way to make an intelligent decision is by collecting intelligent information.