Some get a kick out of self-abasement and servitude. Some are afraid and lonely. Some crave the camaraderie of the persecuted. Some want to be big fish in a small pond. Some want magic. Some want revenge on teachers and parents who promised success would deliver all. They need shinier myths that will never be soiled by becoming true. The handing over of one’s will is a small price to pay for the believers. They aren’t going to need a will in their New Earth.
— David Mitchell, Ghostwritten