He is a testimony to the fact that if you speak with enough conviction, someone will listen to you. The more conviction, the larger the following. You learn this quickly enough in sales- you can utter complete nonsense, but if you furrow your brow and look serious, people will treat you as if you've just said something important. It's really almost frightening. Barnum said there's one born every minute, but I think he underestimated by a goodly margin.
He probably believes his own schtick, I think most of them do. You only have to hear something seven or eight times to believe it's fact, and I'm sure he's told the story enough to have established it in his own mind thusly. It is my humble opinion that storing information in the brain is easier to accomplish than maintaining a filing system based on pertinent criteria- discernment. I think I could make a credible argument for that if pressed from my experiences in sales, people just aren't that hard to convince of something, and sometimes it seems that the more opposed they are, the easier they are to convert. At least they're engaged in the argument, the ones everyone dreads are the dead fish who have no opinions about anything, don't love anyone, don't have a strong will to live.
This guy is too full of himself not to have a strong will to live, weaker people are always drawn to someone who offers a sense of protection from their ambiguous fear. In a sick way, a violent person offers a kind of psychological comfort.
Now for the fun part- what if jeebus really WAS real, and got caught up in believing he had a "special anointing" much like this guy? That would certainly explain a lot, to me. He was the anti-violent anti-hero. He came from out of nowhere to tell the rich and powerful that their entire system of government was subordinate to himself, because he was the son of god himself. Yeah, right pal, and I'm the Jolly Green Giant.
When we look under the dresses of these powerful personality cults, how often do we see literally insane levels of self-adulation? Of course if jesus is fictitious, I think we can pretty well drop this turd on paul.