By the way Ares is real. So is Mars Ultor. He lives in Paris ;)
"Directly in front of him, close enough to touch, was the Elder the Romans had worshipped as the God of War. Josh had never heard of Hekate or the Witch of Endor, and because he knew nothing about them, they hadn't had the same effect on him. This Elder was different. Now he knew what Dee had meant when he said that this was the Elder remembered by humankind. This was Mars himself, the Elder with a month and a planet named after him"
— Michael Scott, The Magician
I am a big fan!
Getting back to the fact in hand ... your case. Maybe you are observer, maybe you are a reactionary; but did that make any difference?