I used to resent the fact that I was born in the 'time of the end'. I'd justify it in my head that I was lucky - like you mentioned, jwfacts, but I still thought it sucked. Of course, now I KNOW just how much it sucked since it's not even true!!!!
So sorry you lost your friend that way, restrangled. Such a painful way to lose someone.
I hear you, doublelife - university was never something that I wanted or felt I needed and now, many years later, I suffer from the affliction of not knowing what my passion is. I have many things that I love doing and I know that I want to make a living doing something I love but all of those years of being conditioned to do what I had to do has made it really hard to figure out how to make that happen. It bugs me that those years we should be spending learning who you are were spent learning what the GB wants you to think...
leec, really good take on the history of door knocking and why it's no longer appropriate