And what could be more pathetic? While there are many such people, you rarely see them as characters in novels or movies, because who would care about them?
But this is what our educational system prepares us to be. I have taught in grammar school and seen those who are excited by learning beat down, while those lacking in imagination and willing to copy a simple phrase are rewarded. Very few in the educational field see it as their objective to develop an individual’s unique talents, for their’s have been crushed, or they wouldn’t have the job.
It is not too late. The average person spends about 80,000 hours watching TV, which shapes his worldview, and models his behavior for him. That is an entire lifetime that you could spend training yourself to follow your own musha shugyo.