It's also about control. If you think by being subservient and living the way they want you to will mean a better afterlife, you will willingly give up your life to serve the people in power. Not so if it is the only life you have.
Not an endorsement of Napoleon, but he saw right through certain things. But in the grown up world of the 21st C, is it possible to still be relying on imaginary friends of this kind and expect anyone of taste or intellect to take you seriously?