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<The problem most people have is that they have been brainwashed into what they should believe is 'fun'.>

It is interesting that the recent release of George Harrison's final album is titled Brainwashed. I found it to be his best collection of songs since his first solo album way back in 1970. He touches on a lot of the themes you mention. The title song provides a fairly good sized list of the institutions and concepts that have successfully brainwashed us as a society. While very few can be totally immune to this, I think most FI/RE people have been able to limit the effects of the brainwashing attempt. However, since there tends to be very few FI types in the general population, I think those attempts have been fairly successful.

Another song "Any Road" has a great line in it: "If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there". If you do not have a clear focus in your life, it is easy to fall into the many ditches along side the road. I was glad to hear that both his spirit and sense of humor remained intact until the end of his life.

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