There is a hunger in this world for the transcendental, for the divine. The cheap version of this is called spirituality, and it is a thing of pride. I can do this movement in yoga: (this gymnastic movement as equivelant virtue), my meditation is daily. I have things in control. This is often simplifed after being cheapened as mindfulness. There is, literally, an app for that. When I look at google fit or Apple Health they encourage you down that part because they know many are sheep
They are offering to be cybernetic shepherds. But they miss what is needed.
Which is the prescence of God. Again, a much shorter passage today.
30 The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.
The correct position to take to those who are flocking as a crowd should be compassion. Not contempt. Not manipulation. There is a meme about sheeple, particularly in NZ. But we are all made in the image of God, and we need to be patient and carefful with those who are seeking God but have no clue where to find him.
These people will accept teaching that has any semblance of truth and absorb it like a sponge. The problem is that a bit of truth can make many errors go down. But compassion matters. Particularly when the times are getting harder and the world wants us to remain sheep, neatly shorn.
But we are called instead to follow the one who taught when he was trying to let the apostles recover from their ministry.