You know that feeling? The one that kicks in when you hear about the starlet who goes down in flames after a scandalous video hits the net. It almost seems too perfect. Like it was put there for our amusement. It's the same feeling you get when your significant other confesses an affair. Like maybe nothing you knew was real after all. It's the same feeling you get when you watch the politician on the nightly news, standing in front of the FEMA trailer mumbling about the heroics of this fine government agency in the wake of such a terrible tragedy, meanwhile the broken wreckage surrounding him screams out its testimony to the contrary. This is the same feeling you get when the price of gas skyrockets as oil companies report record profits. It's the feeling that somehow, you are being had. Like you're watching a magician turn a lady into a tiger right in front of your eyes. You see it clearly, but there is a moment when you have trouble connecting to what you just saw and you aren't sure if your eyes are lying to you. That's what the feeling is, you know. The feeling that you've just been had. Somewhere, deep inside, you are awake to this. You may even think to your self, 'one day, I'll live to see it all come to a head; I will be a living witness to the battle that will determine the fate of the human race'. In this, you would be correct. Because, the battle is here, and so real, that in fact each and every day you choose sides in a game you didn't even know you were playing. And often, you choose wrong.