Your perception of life and the universe is just an illusion constructed by you, other people, and societal forces in a largely unknowing concert.
Your ability to influence others, to exert power over them, is wholly dependent on your ability to give structure and legibility to their illusions (and vice versa).
There isn’t a right answer and yet everyone is looking for one. Tell them the right answer, tell a plausible story as to why, and then they’ll believe. Because it’s just as right as any other answer.
In any society or system, those most capable of telling a compelling story are the ones that accumulate wealth and power.