This is what I believe: It's difficult, if not impossible to know what forces are running anything, because we are human and see everything from a subjective perspective. The only thing that we *can* control is how we conduct our own lives. And it is this that determines the quality of our individual lives. Not politicians, unseen forces, wealth or the lack of it, friends or the lack of them -- none of these control the quality of our experience. It's controlled from within and determined by the extent to which we seek to uphold the highest values.