All my life I've been interested in geography, history, world events, science, everything that goes on and how it all somehow connects. Politics is boring, but one has to be aware of it. About two decades ago I got interested in economics, and I've discovered that it ties into all the above.
According to Jim Rickards - I know of nobody better at this - has said that economics is a science, but most economists are motivated by dogma.
There is the "selfish" element of wanting to understand the financial world and make money, but I can't live without sharing what I have. For me it's mostly intellectual, about how to find ways to improve, get the the machine of human society to work better.
Too many people equate thinking about money and wanting it with greed, but it's the love of it that's a problem. Ignore it at your peril, getting a financial and economics education is worth gold! It can mean the difference between being buffeted about by life or getting control and achieving what you want.
This is a huge subject, worthy of life long study. Did I demystify it a little bit?