When we forgo our own values to support something that belies that which we value, we cannot be trusted to be honest even with ourselves. This is mercenary. This is the decomposition wherein the parasite suffocates after eviscerating its host of all subsistence which initially allowed the parasite to thrive. When we concern ourselves entirely with personal gain and not at all with the consequences that we force others to suffer, we are no longer deserving of the advantages afforded us by our evolutionary inheritance, our aptitude for thought, our discerning nature of self-awareness. We tip our existences to a proclivity befitting that of a virus, an infection, an infestation sucking dry the lifeblood of mutual understanding and leaving only our abject differences to distinguish us. We end only as the warring factions of antagonists without beliefs of our own, dying over the semantics of causes with ambiguous merit, at best.