There are many anime's out there and though this ma be a matter of opinion, One piece is a long running anime but has really gone downhill, And the point i'm putting across is there are many anime's out there that deserve much more attention than this anime that has been give up on at this point.
Most anime's try to carry across a message and usually the same one (The one you're mentioning), And one piece has done it in a gigantic amount of episodes, While some other anime's carry across the message in about 12 episodes.
Forced down your neck? You mean like when hitler forced his ideology down the throats of the german people. One piece shouldn't force things that's why other animes are much better due to the fact they know how to put things in your mind without going, "HERE, REMEMBER THIS AND PUT IT IN YO LIFE", Really, I don't understand how people could enjoy being forced to do things, Though one piece is a good anime, It is far from being the best.