Actions are the result of beliefs or ideas.
The actions will not change until the ideas change.
In most cases, the ideas are not the ideas from the "books" you mention, but the ideas from rich, charismatic leaders (which cause their own fame and success). The ordinary people get the idea that to be successful or powerful, they must follow the successful powerful people, give the money to them, and do what they say.
The ideas will not change until they are replaced by better ideas. So anyone who thinks they can make a difference needs to be more persuasive than the popular religious leaders.