You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn't. That is real freedom. That is being educated and understanding how to think. The alternative is unconscious-ness, the default setting, the rat race.
We moved away from big city life and escaped from the rat race.and we "won" wit a simplified life where we area able to live within our means. People can also escape by setting different priorities and getting out of the "busy-ness" pattern.