I would really like to complete an online doctorate program in humanities rooted in Great Books of the Western World. Faulkner University has what I'm looking for (and I have a masters degree that would dovetail into that nicely). My hesitation is age. I certainly wouldn't expect an ROI at my age (mid-50's). I love structured learning and the coursework has me salivating. So, I believe the work I would put into the program would be strictly for self-gratification. Sure, I may make a few bucks along the way but my main goal would be to learn the material and get the degree. Teaching would be great but the atmosphere at most universities seems to be toxic. Can one get a doctorate simply for self-satisfaction or will that premise be rejected by the acceptance board? Help me work through the pros and cons. Cons? Money spent with little expectation of seeing it again. Pros? Not sure. Writing, I suppose would be one avenue. Maybe I'm not seeing the forest for the trees. Any advice or insight would be appreciated.