Governments lie to their people ALL the time. Politicians lie with such ease, and their supporters believe the lies - continuing to support them as they erode the very freedoms that we are led to believe still exist.
Religious leaders lie to their followers ALL the time. To control.
What's the one thing governments and religions have in common? The need to gain more money, more power.
Even worse - these minions are so well trained, they can't function in their daily life without lying. It's like breathing. Like a drug. They lie, resulting in getting what they want - whether it be something material, or something emotional like sympathy. And with sympathy, they get support. And with support, they gain power.
For as the web of lies spins more and more out of control, the web that was once oh-so-beautiful in the eyes of the liar, begins to take on a more grotesque shape. And they spin harder, faster - more out of control.
At some point, if one is lucky, the web coffers dry up. People begin to see the ugliness of that "web". And they stop looking, sadly realizing that what once was beautiful - is really just truly ugly. Not like a physical ugliness, it's a spiritual ugliness.
When money & power are the driving force, and that layer is taken away - what do we find underneath?
A spiritually bankrupt entity.