Fully agree with what Maite has written out here. And Drew, been there as well I spent several years doing some investigations on many things that even till this day can 'drop my jaw' to realize 'whaat! that was a lie, it was a psy-op, omg!' lol but then as Maite expressed, of course there is going to be deception everywhere because even the very thoughts that we have, and experiences that we go through on a daily basis we believe are completely 'real' and representing entirely 'who we are' but is it, really? No, I mean deception started not even from the moment we became human beings but from the very moment we separated from being one 'big wholeness' as a genuine 'equal and one' being that separated and could not conceive that this 'other thing' that I'm seeing next to me is in fact Myself as well and that separation is an illusion. That's to me the origin of deception, where we forgot who we really are as life, being one and equal with all forms and expressions that are here in this world.
So, whenever I still come around certain investigations that I had taken as 'truths' and I go into a 'whaaat! that was a lie!' I have to remind myself this core point of deception that exists within it all as SELF-Deception, can't get any 'greater' than that, so it's really a decision that we make whether we get 'hooked' in reacting and feeling 'deceived' and wanting to blame 'NASA' or whatever, or whether we actually catch up to the greater truth: we are IT, we have deceived ourselves, we have created these 'entities' as governments or secret societies or whatever to continue deceiving ourselves in order to Not take responsibility for our creation. We are the ones that have created such distractions, we all are the ones that have created such hierarchies, we are the ones that believe we 'knew what was a true fact and what wasn't' when the truth is, lol, we didn't know, at all!
Now what emerged in me from this understanding about our origins and the very nature of deception and its 'evolution' up to where we are now, is humbleness, so as to not 'feel deceived' or 'feel cheated' as you mentioned here about the point with the girlfriend or whatever. Even that would still be a point where it's not that they 'do it onto you' and you are the victim, nope. We are Always co-creators of anything that we experience directly or indirectly in our lives, and that may seem 'overwhelming' for some but it's not, to me it's an actual empowering realization because then it means 'I did it to myself' therefore I can change, I can decide to stand up from my 'disempowered' and self-victimized position to actually decide who am I in the midst of it all, in the midst of realizing the extent of deception that we've all become. And that's what this process is all about.
So, I won't even go into discussing 'flat earth' because I got hooked on this kind of theories at some point myself until I realized that there is really no point in it, doesn't change my life at all if I find out the Earth is really a cube or a flat plate or a round ball - my life and everyone's life would still be the same. And yes even if you think this kind of 'truths' could open up people's eyes to greater deception, I consider this particular subject due to the intervention of sciences - limited science of course - causes many to not be able to grasp the greater picture of it all, which is why Anu in that interview Leila suggested explains the point about becoming one and equal with life and see for yourself, which is ultimately so, we are 'so' entertained by all of these theories that we lose track of what's really relevant to focus on, which is ourselves, our very minds.
Now, I definitely suggest you check out both Anu's and Jack's latest video-series on Eqafe, becuase they dive into various topics related to this and they tell it 'as is' so that you might get a better perspective on this kind of topics related to sciences, space, ancient discoveries and such.
Jack's Heart of Matter Series
Anu's Untold Story of Heaven and Earth