Well, I'm not nearly as colorful as my lizard, and the only side I support is my own, so I don't think I meet the criteria for posts you were hoping
But I'd like to answer anyway.
Who does have an agenda? Who does, REALLY have their own agenda? How many people have instead chosen the easy route and adopted the agenda of some
political, religious, or regional group? Are they even people anymore, in the logical, rational sense of the word? Do they have a soul? Is it their
own? Is that simply the nature of our selves, to need a niche in a larger construct?
I've been thinking long and hard about the power of advertising, and the nature of slavery.
I think most people underestimate the power of advertising. It is, after all, nothing but the transmission of ideas. What people often forget is,
the power of ideas. They have always had the power to change the course of history, every student of history knows that.
People elect their leaders based on advertising, they always have. Use the broadest definition possible for advertising, and you can include human
sexual selection, threat displays, ideology and religion. This is the nature of power, the communication of ideas.
So many people, especially those of weak will, are susceptible to the charms and personality of those around them. People are fooled by appearances,
beguiled by lies, and scared into obedience to whatever font of ideas happened to pluck them screaming from individuality. This world is populated by
predators and prey items, it's always been that way here on earth. Idealogical, physical, emotional, predators is predators, and prey is prey -
immutable, unbreakable law of our lives. It might change one day, but it aint changed yet.
People choose their mates, their friends, their belongings, their religion, all of it, using the same processing language, good and bad, reward and
punishment. We make all our decisions in the same way, unconsciously, using numerous factors real and ephemeral.
Well, unfortunately for many people, the criteria, the code they use to make decisions, was cracked, and the techniques necessary to manipulate them
are common knowledge in certain circles, secular and religious both. There are dozens of books written on how to manipulate people using words,
appearance, body language, and of course, ideas. Every good tent preacher, every successful politican, every experienced salesman; they use time
honoured techniques to insure that they are perceived as authority figures, respected, trusted, and most importantly, obeyed. That's what it comes
down to in the end, isn't it? Obedience, the process of one human being doing, consciously or unconsciously, what another human being wants them to
do. Politics, religion; just a large diorama of schoolyard politics, monkey pen politics.
It's really a lot more fun to observe from the bleachers, if you want my opinion.
I know a lot of people who are sick of this game, people who are inteligent enough to know a farce when they see one. Some people choose not to play,
others choose to play for themselves, making their own rules.
When it all boils down, if you're going to play the game, and you're not playing for yourself, you're just a pawn.