What's important is promising something to the people, not actually keeping those promises. The people have always lived on hope alone.
The world has always gone through periods of madness so as to advance a bit on the road to reason.
Those who live by the sea can hardly form a single thought of which the sea would not be part.
No one's death comes to pass without making some impression, and those close to the deceased inherit part of the liberated soul and become richer in their humanness.