"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. ”
“There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke, though the wit thereof he but dimly discerns, and more than suspects that the joke is at nobody’s expense but his own.”
Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Yep, that about sums it up….