I like to observe people, if you do long enough patterns start to emerge.
One pattern I have began to notice is that people WANT to be ruled over.
More specifically they want to be taken care of as an adult, as they were as a child.
Everyone fundamentally wants freedom, they want to do what they want when they want, how they want. This is because people are selfish, everyone is no matter how they act, if humans were not we would not have lived as a species for begin selfish encourages us to take care of ourselves, is is ultimately survival. But at the same time, we do not really wan to have any responsibility or have to think.
Now I will admit that there are some that do like both, but I hate to break it to you, but you are in the minority of the population. People in general are easily distracted, deceived and misdirected, not because they are truly stupid, but because they WANT to be, if a government, or king, can take care of one, they are likely to believe them unless they are seen affecting them negatively personally, such as unfair taxes or taking away the ability to do stuff they want to do.
It is a sad fact I admit, but it is a pattern I have seen time and time again. Look for it your self, in mob believe, and in corrupt rulers easily sliming their way out of things even when confronted with facts.
If you are one of the few who think, and wants to be truly responsible for their own fate, I urge you, watch carefully the events around you, and remember that you are I the minority, but to do what you can to not let your elf be culled into blind obedience; for there may well come a time when you are needed.