Do you think Leonard Mead from "The Pedestrian" will ever again walk his city street?  

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Unfortunately, I think when the robot police car takes Leonard Mead to the Psychiatric Center for Research on Regressive Tendencies, they will re-indoctrinate him to the ways of the mind-less society he has managed to avoid for some time. Mr. Mead, according to society, has regressed in his thinking and behavior.  However, because there is a place to reprogram the citizens of this society, it suggests that people can defy the status quo of locking themselves up in their homes and watching television for hours.  Although it is possible that Mead will shake off the effects of the brainwashing, it may take a while for him to regain his zest for life walking and observing the “dead” society around him.  It is a sad prospect for Mr. Mead who lost his job as a writer when the society became obsessed with television.  I don’t think his future looks very bright unless he is so unique as to defy the “treatments” he will receive by the psychiatrists. His final goodbye to his home as he passes it in the police car suggests that he is trying to memorize it so he will not forget who he once was.