The point is, we live in a society shaped by ever-changing ideals and technologies, which in turn, have bred a cultural phenomenon of instant gratification. As such, anything remotely difficult to complete is shunned as obscure, obsolete, obfuscating. Whatever happened to growing pains?
It is through struggle that one can learn the definitions of an individual's true nature -- their boundaries, limitations, and limitless expressions. How else can you ensure your growth as a member of society without triumphing through plight? Think about the last tidbit of information someone told you -- did that nugget stick with you after you had moved on from the situation? I suspect, as it happens to me personally, that information sourced through toil (such as a research paper when one actually stomps around in the library for books) will make much more of a headier impression than that relayed easily by word of mouth.
This isn't an argument to voluntarily submit oneself to pain in search of enlightenment.
Embrace the difficult. Acknowledge the unknown. Welcome the growth.