Someone said that I was being conspiracy-minded when I used the word "they." So lets set the record straight: "They" are economic elites who are either:
1) dependent on drugs, or
2) mad (as in clinically insane), and
2) messianic (as in they believe in a, or should I say "the," messiah and are expecting him to arrive, probably even preparing for it).
Absolute power doesn't merely corrupt, it drives insane. Who but the most powerful has enough time on his hands to notice the meaninglessness of life? The most powerful go insane because after all their desires are satisfied, they are left without desires. And life without desire is life in hell.
Fear of death is actually the fear of life without desire. Can you imagine what it would be like if everybody did what you told them to? What would be left to conquer after that? Pretty soon you'd start sticking golden needles through your maidservants' nipples, or flat out play games with people's lives just to watch them suffer.
And while the cultures of ancient Egypt and Rome, pre-modern as they were, had the capability of incorporating behavior like that, how else can modern, liberal-humanist culture, with its million and one assumptions about what man is, see this behavior but as stark raving mad, or, more accurately, clinically, through the discourse of psychology, as "sadism."
That's why most rich people are perpetually on medication, either on tranquilizers or opiates--often on both.
But some of them need more than just drugs to relieve the despair; they need to feel that life has a purpose and that they personally have a role in it. Thus is messianism born in them; messianism, the desperate mad wish to, not only have a world that has meaning, but one where the meaning congeals into flesh and blood and manifests itself bodily right there in front of their eyes--as the Messiah--after which manifestation the world blows up and all is over, all of their suffering is over. A desperate thing, this messianism. A suicidal wish.
Ultimately, however, it doesn't matter. While we're at it, there is a conspiracy far more menacing, far more thorough, and far more undetectable than these conspiracies of interests seeking power could ever be, and that is the conspiracy of reason. That's how it is.