Politics -- a big game.
Economics -- an even bigger game.
Religion -- politics with spiritual pretensions
Christianity -- an imperial cult of legalism and machismo.
Islam -- a rival imperial cult of legalism and machismo.
Money -- The truly jealous god that everyone really believes in and expects to work miracles.
The world -- over 200 countries that hate each other's guts, whose leaders are all more or less corrupt, and who use their subjects' fear and hatred of outsiders to maintain power and legitimacy.
The rest of us -- the door prize at the conquerors' ball.