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Just supposing there were to be hidden agendas, other than control and monetary opportunism, what could they be? Restructuring of finance, country or world? Grooming for more Artificial Intelligence? Keeping roads and airways less busy and reducing pollution? Population control through vaccination (fewer childhood deaths= fewer children born)? …?
The 'alternatives' you posit to possession and control agenda are all exactly instances of the same.
Perhaps part of the issue here is the split between masking narrative to self, self group, and to others, and actual behaviour. The capacity to say one thing while persistently and consistently doing another is both the mask of the deceit - and the cognitive dissonance arising from believing one's own lie. There are some who can wield such a deceiving intelligence from a sense of self-possession but there are many being used who become sort of plastic, hollow puppet like people that run a parody of life.
If people for their own reasons believe, or heavily invest belief, in agendas or technologies or systems of control that would NOT find social acceptance. Then they see society as the essential block or enemy, from alliances of the power and intention to breakdown opposition and remake society via coercion and deceit instead of via cooperative or relational processes of communication that still include the attempt to convince, persuade or make the case for aligning in any particular ideas or issues.
So as well as the masking over or social invisibility of hidden agenda - that can be hidden from our own direct awareness while supporting and enabling agenda of malice or callous disregard for the lives of others while taking the benefits or advantages of denying, robbing or exploiting others - we have the business of the manipulation of the masking social identity.
Adapting the mask by which to survive so as to access carrots and avoid stick - while aligning a secure supply of carrot and insulation or protection against the stick is 'incentivised'.
Training behavioural response is thus the application of conditions of reward, fear and penalty.
Also very relevant to this 'conspiricist' smear is the identity gotten or lost by blame and shame - and the stick by which to wield it. An understandable response on discovery of being deceived by means that hide in trojan trust - such as our medical or other institutional authorities - is outrage rising from betrayal, coupled by powerlessness as a result of disempowerment relative to such institutional or structural power, that then turns sideways to warn and motivate their peers in ways that come across as polarised reaction - because they are emotionally reactive, and set a basis for identity founded against specific forms of or agencies of deceit assigned to the personal intentions and motivations of 'Them'.
Humiliation has an element of feeling grievously wronged as a result of getting it so wrong and allowing ourself to be so deceived. But unless we accept our error (regardless the actions of others in their own responsibilities for choice), we will learn nothing from it.
When we indulge hating the persona of others are we not casting our own motivations onto the target and making sacrifice of the scapegoat as a private gratification - even if ritually enacted as social righteousness by which to align in 'virtue'?
Science is right to deny emotional reactivity the keys to the car. But it is more dangerously wrong in denying the feeling, breathing, rhythmic resonance of connection as the prior or already living context of our capacity for thought, meaning, identification of worth and shared endeavour.
The first will crash the car and deliver carnage - from which we can yet learn about responsibility for thought - before giving it power to run. But the latter has already locked the car and its destination and denies the capacity to learn and grow for control over life as a sealed unit.
Fear has run as lockdown and lockstep of self-isolating, social distancing, in any number of ways as a basic survival mechanism. And those who cry 'wolf' have learned to farm the fearful as food, energy and proxy stick. Not just as 'evil psychopaths' but social complicit obedience and conformity. Life has a symbiotic basis - within which imbalances and toxicities can and do align off-centric inertial fulcrums. This pattern is part of our current human development as a 'possession and control' or self-survival running blind to its living context. It need re-integration - not eradication - but from a recognition of alignment of relational communication.
Fears will take all the power we give them and run with it - while giving us a false sense of secure accommodation and identity. The limit to our imagination unchecked by, and kept hidden from love, by substituting appeals to virtue, is our limit for tolerating and normalising pain - including pain of utter futility and meaninglessness.
An economy founded on debit for being alive - as risk-infection vector, extremist-infection vector, and carbon guilting for energy exchange, takes the misconstrued and weaponised notion of original sin, to a technocratically distributed system of surveillance and enforcement for those who can 'offset' their 'sin' onto others who are systemically forced to suck it up - so as to abuse and pollute with impunity by 'virtue' of clearing the land of vermin so as to protect their investment in 'Nature'.