You just utilized deception in fostering a conclusion that was 100% opposed to the meaning and intention of my comment.
I did not say HUMANS. There are entities among the human family that are committed to ritualistic deception that serves their own ends, chiefly in the form of fulfilling lust, greed, and power "needs."
Many here either sincerely hold the view, or otherwise feign it--that individuals are all 100% free to behave as they wish or will.
This belief suggests that social conditioning, religious indoctrination which starts early in the lives of millions (if not billions) of persons, educational objectives that serve paternalistic powers, and the rather new insertion of constant mass media programming were all superfluous to this idea of the individual as sovereign "isle in a stream of madness."
I studied psychology and sociology in college and I am well-aware of the constructs that underlie both fields. I happen to see things that extend beyond both, too: like the significance of the birth blueprint or natal chart, reincarnation and its karmic carryovers, and the overwhelming imprint of the Anglo-European male view posited as the ONLY reality, and so forth.
The bottom line is that individuals carry quite various levels of sovereignty, agency over their own destinies, intellectual capacities for determining the conditions around them, and so forth. As goes without saying, in a capitalist society structured on the basis of its own caste system where what you earn or own determines your alleged worth, those at the bottom of this pyramid have far fewer options than those at the top.
Leaders are usually held accountable for poor decisions. The trend of late is to reverse the paradigm of accountability by blaming "a few bad apples." A few days ago I pointed out a number of examples of how this works.
In other words, when it's deception that is procured and curried about from high places, "the fish (will) rot(s) from the head."
The kid who was "just following orders" whether in Nazi Uniform or one worn more recently a Guantanamo is guilty of immorality, but more guilty in my view is the one with the AUTHORITY to give that order.
IF we lived in a true Democracy where ALL persons had equal agency, influence, power, intelligence, resources, and opportunity... then this idea of a hierarchy of responsibility would be irrelevant. The case, however, is that when some persons endowed with financial clout and influence purchase media in order to control content, and THEY prey upon the many who are not literate, or were too inculcated to faith-based beliefs at too tender of ages to understand the degrees to which they are being lied to, then the SIN of deception (which is Evil, in sophisticated attire) goes to them. That's quite different from your attempt to slime it all around universally in keeping with the forum contributors' Number 1 meme: that of setting blame universally.
How better to protect the trespassers and keep in place the pretense that "all are equal" before the law and in terms of their actual (typically circumscribed by numerous circumstances) manifested destinies.