Bring in Oz from the Wizard story. When one reaches the Emerald City, one learns there is not a Wizard, at all, but a man holding the front of civility as if a magical deity has control (we do this with our presidents and idols). This is the cover story, but behind the scenes lie a different reality. All that glitters is not gold (see Hollywood for this -- sets of grandiose fibs to create superficial realities0).
What's this have to do with karma? Well, eventually the exterior fades and the real story/truth is learned. I might posit anyone who has moved forward into leadership and tried to challenge the structures of any society will soon learn the Potemkin village is more a reality than we recognize. The structures create a mirage that hides much of the behind-the-scenes truth. Interesting concept.