The rules of life have not changed. The great deception of all rulers in all times is that there can exist enough certainty to abandon empathy, compassion and love. That hate, violence, lies or coercion are somehow now justified beyond questioning. This has never been true and will never be true. Every major failure of Empire (all empires), whether foreign wars, response to public health crisis or even slavery, can be directly traced back to ruling class lies told to sustain or expand their power, exposed years, decades or even centuries later. The wheel of history turns no differently today than it ever has.