as OP I'll start off
I work a part time retail job and teach after school robotics classes for kids and I went to college for comp sci. I can drive a forklift, I taught myself soldering, I know a handful of programming languages, I have various IT skills (computer repair and networking mainly).
I'm trying to teach myself Japanese, and russian and studying for a HAM radio license, I signed up for a class to get a certificate for first aid/CPR/AED for children and adults next month, and I'm planing to sign up for classes on welding soon.
spanish, english and mandarin are really useful languages to have.
Learn logic, it is not only useful but essential, for this you might wanna study some programming logic.
Electronics Is always useful, organic agriculture Is even more useful.
Study body language.
Learn how to proprietly speak to a croud, critical thinking and logical fallacies.
Learn how to be a good teacher for this you might wanna study psychology and analize some manipulation Tactics.
Learn to analize.
Those are some things that come to mind.
well what I want to research both in my personal time and eventually professionally is robotics and AI sohttps://www.analyticsinsight.net/top-10-countries-leading-the-artificial-intelligence-race/ https://ifr.org/ifr-press-releases/news/robot-density-rises-globally
I don't think Spanish would be of much use to me Chinese would but I'm not sure if I really wan to work with the chinese based on what I've heard. Maybe Korean or German would be worthwhile
is there an easy way to go about learning organic agriculture and psychology or some books you'd recommend?
Dealing with the chinese Is hell, but these languages are useful for different reasons, english for communication, mandarin for business and the insane amount of chinese un the world and specially in stores and spanish not only because a lot of people speak it but it makes italian, french and portuguese easier to learn.
I cant give you an exact book on agriculture but i'm sure you can find some basics around, talking to people that work in farms Is also a great way to learn.
I don't think there is a good answer to this question or at least not a short one.
Basically you need to learn everything. But there are two main categories: shit hits the fan and steady going
In shit-hits-the-fan-scenarios you need to know how to defend yourself, to get clean water, to get food and to tend your wounds. Since humans are the biggest dangers to you you should learn learn about them (biology, how they act in certain situations (history, anthropology...), what drives them and what their priorities are (psychology) and all that other stuff)
Then in stable situations you should know how to keep your health as high as good as possible and to improve your situation. I think everyone should have a craft, a science, an art and a sport.
You will be usefull, know about nature and humans and be a and also are into social. Doesn't matter really which ones you start with as you will always build up your bases and expand into different shit. Like when you know how to work with wood you basically know how to work with iron and picking up welding takes like a day for the essentials (mastery takes a life in any endevour) and you will always learn things that carry over to other stuff. Even if the craft is not your main source of income you can use that to fix stuff or improve stuff or just make a few bucks plus it is something to fall back to if times get tough.
Basically learn to be at top performance and learn to learn.
also learn a different language because it is not just a different language but a different way to look at the world, a different culture and it opens up a whole ocean of new information you would have rudimentary access to even you were lucky
I have been thinking about identity latetly. It seems like society wants to transform you into a bot with labels like teacher-plays chess-hobby-gardening or salesman-plays-soccer-hobby-cook and it might make some things easier but it also feels like a vice and reduces you to a cog in the system. The worst part is that all that matters are the labels and people will take a shitty professionel over a great amateur. It also steers away from becoming a more rounded individual that increases his skill-set and reduces his flaws while increasing his strength.