Awareness Ain’t Enough
Data points aren't information, information isn't knowledge, and knowledge isn't enlightenment. Even if you are enlightened, you are still constrained by the laws of physics. Fortunately, an enlightened individual isn't constrained by reality.
As long as you inhabit the physical world, you'll have to abide by rules or suffer the consequences. No amount of awareness can alter that. The rule makers will use whatever tool seems most appropriate. Deception and chicanery seem to be 2 of their favorites because they work so well. I don't know how to stop it, so I sidestep wherever possible.
If you're aware of the problems and prepare yourself sufficiently, you won't suffer to the same extent as the general sheeple. If you understand their tools of deception, you can see the lies and know where to focus your energy. (They don't bother to hide their strengths.) Use the awareness and your energy toward actions to improve your situation. Then, you'll be freer.