"Big Fish in small goldfish bowls"
one of the most important people in a small group or organization, who would have much less power and importance if they were part of a larger group or organization As the manager of a local company, he enjoys being a big fish in a small pond.The Free DictionaryYes stuck very true, it's a well-known phenomena, big fish in a small pond. Where else could uneducated manual workers put on suits and preach from platforms and expect total obedience from the congregation. Not difficult to see why it appeals is it? Power corrupts and absolute power .......
Awake at last
I think that contributes. Although I know some that went through all the way through college and still seem to have this strange behavior. I think it's because everything in the world is "so satantic" more people are turning inward into the cult and having a narrower and narrower world view.