The world of human culture is primarily based on delusion and fantasy.
Authority is a submission of the person to a leader who is given the Privelage of being accepted as worth following. The more followers an authority has then also the more authority he has.
People have lives that are mostly based on struggle. They are not glamorous or particularly enlightened, and so they are open to more more fanciful ideas about meaning and purpose.
When their imaginations can be satisfactorily engaged in a system of thought, and they think this is enjoyable to entertain, then they become subjects to the source of this authority.
The more subjects an authority has, the more powerful it becomes! When fantasies become more attractive and compelling than truth, then we get fanatics!
Religion is not a truth based idea, it’s a fantasy!
The truth is that ignorant people will believe anything!