We live in a time of many conspiracy theories, but nobody is talking about this one.

It may be the most important one of all. It’s certainly the one that we have all experienced.

Maybe it’s The Big Slip. The thread by which all the other conspiracies come undone.

Around the same time as the first COVID-19 lockdown, little signs started to appear on all the traffic lights — often over or above the button pedestrians press to request to cross the road.

The signs read, “Do not press button. Automatic signal.”

Which means the buttons were always automatic. And that means they were only put there to trick us into being more patient; A delusion of agency to appease us.

It’s all I can think about, but nobody else seems to care.

How much agency do we really have?

And what else are they doing to placate us?