influenced by one.
Everybody welcomes the convincing Mystic. People so desperately wish to Believe that there is a long lost, ancient or a revolutionary new Something. A cure, an elixir, a formula for easy riches or happy relationships or better sex or well behaved children or growing 12 foot high tomato plants; a gizmo that turns garbage into fuel or tree bark into gold doubloons; an Answer Man, Seer, Keeper of Secrets. And in dark times, this desire intensifies. In dark times even kings subjugate themselves to the Mystics - which you know if you've studied history. People really don't want rational explanations for how you do what you do, they prefer Believing that you possess Mystical Powers and Magical Secrets that you will use for their benefit. To underestimate the power of secrets and secret powers is to ignore how humanity has been manipulated, controlled and ruled since its beginnings.