A prophet shows up--it might be Buddha, Jesus, Moses, Mohammed or someone else; and others, likely those enamored with the prospect of power build an institution around these luminaries. Then what becomes more important over time is maintaining the institution, rather than honoring the teachings that gave rise to its inception.
When any entity becomes concretized, its agents tend to work to hold it intact. That's what conservatives are all about. They work to uphold life according to PAST standards.
Iconoclasts come along who reveal truths that would challenge the stated positions of these powerful entities and it's more cost-effective to silence, punish, disregard, denigrate, or "disappear" them. And this goes back to the experience had by Galileo.
I am enamored with Astrology because it explains these archetypal components--our cosmic DNA--that give rise to specific behaviors in institutions, and very recognizable and recurrent characteristics of major entities. That includes the fate--and character--of nations; nor are these entirely fixed, unchangeable, or set in stone.
Within any society there are those who gravitate towards the protection of established institutions (church, government, corporations, the military) because they rely upon order in their own lives. The repetition of routines gives them a sense of order and stability.
Then there are those who take what exists and look for ways to improve upon it, modernize it, or spread whatever goodies it's got... around.
The polarized role played by the maintainers of the status quo (Conservatives) and those who wish and work to reform it (Liberals/Progressives) keeps the tension ongoing. Our elections reflect a choice paradigm based ONLY on these two sides to the so-called coin.
Existing outside of this frame are inventors, innovators, rebels, radicals, iconoclasts, and out-of-the-box thinkers; and these proclivities are tied to the sign of Aquarius. This idea of a "New Age" is far more than myth and any cursory examination of the degree to which people are living THROUGH their electronic devices (Aquarius is the sign that governs high technology of the communications sort) or otherwise ensconced in virtual reality is proof positive that this Electronic Age is in its beginning stages.
Also sacred to Aquarius is Truth. And Truth is always the language of iconoclasts and those outside of the established status quo. The reason this is the case is that Life was never intended to stand still. Every time Justice is held back due to the legal weight granted to what was true yesterday (and remains as a fundament of legal texts), it's an attempt to maintain a status quo that can be the enemy to life, progress, fairness, and justice.
Loyalty to the institution in the form of all pawns closing ranks to protect it--regardless of the nature of its actions--is another behavior that tends to recapitulate on the part of those who require ORDER in their lives (and small worlds).
Most readers recognize the way that the Shock Doctrine works to specifically capitalize upon catastrophe; but few speak about certain powerfully exploited psychological parallels. What I mean is that as war, job insecurity, and ecological & climate events escalate... it becomes more natural for many persons to gravitate towards those institutions that promise them safety and security. I believe this accounts for the rising numbers who worship at fundamentalist religious institutions.
Those inside the govt. & military & corporate COMMAND chains tend to obey their superiors in order to sustain these systems that in turn promise them (however falsely) a measure of security.
Of course, when institutions betray their own stated ideals, trash laws, lie to citizens, and do GREAT harm... the Truth Tellers are the only ones brave enough to stand outside of the temples that power built in tribute to itself. They are the only ones positioned to tell the rest of the citizenry what's really going on.
Society owes a debt of gratitude to ALL conscientious, conscience-driven whistle blowers. And the good news is, after this last reign of kings is taken down like a circus tent losing all of its air, what the earth's surviving citizens will build will HONOR truth. It WILL be a different world... one based on far more egalitarian values.
Thank you, Mr. Kiriakou. You and I share the same birth date.