Speaking of Mackay's "Popular Delusions"
from the preface:
"....... we shall see that when men go mad they do so in herds, but only come to their senses slowly, and one by one."
Seems that Lev had the scales fall from his eyes after finding that the leader of his cult, who liked to watch football with him, suddenly had never heard of him.
Sadly the harm that many members of The Cult will experience will be more distant, diffuse, deniable. Few are coming back to The Reality Based World.