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I could use some advice on what to do, what to read, what to mess around with, so that I could understand the Linux Kernel more. Thank you anyone who responds (unless your name is Salem)

TO start with you can play with some commands that would be helpful for you get a good hands and get familiar with it.
If you want to know a OS properly,first be the end user of the system,know the in and out of it.
Once you get acquainted with it you can read it from google
One preferred website:

This will help you but getting a hands on is more important .

Install/download the kernel documentation (its mostly plain text files) and take a peek. I did this, for example, to work out how to use Joystick.h in my c++ app. - Thats the kernel gamepad/joystick libary in linux.

well, Kernal is Huge, and will need a long study,

It is very confusing if you dont know where to look,
I am trying to learn it, but there are too many files.
The problem If you like to modify it to serve you well, you need to know what or which file need to be changed, and which not

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