Sometimes unexplainable things happen in our world. These events are often surprises that catch the world off guard. Some people believe that instead of these events happening because of coincidence or tragic that they are planned or conspired by people. Many conspiracy theories involve governments, officials, and people of great power. Theorists study various tragic events and make conclusions based on the time, place, how the event(s) happened, pre-existing circumstances surrounding the event(s) and the actions and reactions of people in power after the event(s) took place. Conspiracy theories give people an explanation to why something has happened the way it happened. Professor Stephan Lewandowsky has probably explained the reason why people believe in conspiracy theories the best. He said “There are number of factors, (why people believe in conspiracy theories) but probably one of the most important ones in this instance is that, paradoxically, it gives people a sense of control. People hate randomness, they dread the sort of random occurrences that can destroy their lives, so as a mechanism against that dread, it turns out that it’s much easier to believe in a conspiracy. Then you have someone to blame, it’s not just randomness.”
Lewandowsky also said that people who believe so fervently in conspiracy theories do not base their thinking on evidence but rather base their thinking on what they believe is an explanation.
Some of the most popular conspiracy theories include: the 9/11 attacks, John F Kennedy’s assassination, Princess Diana’s death, global warming, the Jewish world domination, and George Bush’s presidential election win in 2000. But perhaps the most controversial conspiracy theory is the Illuminati and its dealings with the new world Order.
The Oxford English dictionary defines illuminati as a noun meaning any of various persons claiming to have special knowledge or enlightenment on any subject. The word Illuminati comes from the 16th century Latin word Illuminare which means enlightened.
To understand the complex topic that so many people talk about called the Illuminati one has to travel back in time to an era where opposition of the Roman Catholic Church was a taboo.Historians and researchers say that the illuminati’s history dates back to the 18th century Bavarians of Germany. The Bavarians of Germany were a group that opposed the Roman Catholic teachings about scientology and philosophy. Instead, the Bavarians of Germany believed in the education and equal treatment of women. Their goals were to enlighten the minds of their counterparts and free them from the prejuces of the world and Roman Catholic Church.
According to a book written by Vernon Stauffer, the illuminati was the result of the philosophy of Adam Weishaupt, who was the chair of canon law and later the dean of the faculty of law at the University of Ingolstadt in Bavaria. (insert citation) Weishaupt’s criticism towards the church led him to form a liberal minded secret organization which closely resembled the practices and values of freemasonry. Weishaupt and his four friends’ secret organization was known as the Order of the Illuminati and was called into action on May 1st 1776.
In the beginning the Order of the Illuminati grew slowly. Only those who proved their dedication to enlighten thinking and philosophy were invited and allowed to be a part of the secret organization. After 1779 the Order of the Illuminati started to rapidly increase due to the recruitment of member from freemasonry lodges across Europe. By 1780 historians believe that the Order of the Illuminati had an estimated 2,000 members. German diplomat Baron Adolf Franz Friederich Knigge, was a pivotal person in this expansion. This expansion also led to the Order of the Illuminati to loose a lot of its secrecy. n 1782, when Illuminati agents attended the great Masonic conclave at Wilhemsbad in an effort to take control of the crumbling Strict Observance, important attendees such as Jean-Baptiste Willermoz already knew enough about the order to checkmate their plans, and the Illuminati went away empty-handed. (insert citation) Soon after, in 1784 the Bavarian governor ruled the Illuminati as an illegal branch of freemasonry. The loss of secrecy and bans on the Illuminati led Weishaupt to flee Bavaria in hopes of restarting his secret organization in a new location with new members. During his time of exile he sent many letters to his friends who were still serious about keeping the Illuminati a secret. He sent these letters in codes, symbols and ciphers many of them containing secret names and locations.
In 1786 Bavarian officials seized over 200 books and letters between Weishaupt and other Illuminati leaders from the home of a very prominent Illuminati messenger. The Bavarian government then went on to publish these documents which contains many of their secrets and codes and things they were planning to do.
“In August 1787, Duke Karl Theodore Dalberg of Bavaria landed a final blow to the Illuminati when he issued harsher punishments — including the death penalty — for anyone found to be part of the organization. A handful of later organizations claimed to be descended from the original Illuminati, and some authors have asserted that the Illuminati survive today, but these claims are largely unfounded.” (insert citation)
Historical Illuminati Symbolism
Many people believe the Illuminati uses a great amount of symbolism to depict their hidden agendas. Only some of these symbols can be directly linked to the Order of the Illuminati from the Bavarians. According to www.illuminatirex.com these symbols include: The all Seeing Eye, skull and bones, Fire allegories, pyramids and owls.
There isn’t evidence that The Bavarian Illuminati used the ritual and practices of the all Seeing Eye but the symbol was directly derived from the symbol they used to represent the order. This original symbol was a dot with a circle around it. Like so – (⊙)
The pyramid was featured prominently at Mineral Assemblies of the Bavarian Illuminati. A carpet was laid out on the room’s floor featuring a Pyramid flanked on either side by the letters D and P on each of its side. (Deo Proximo – God is near) There are stones scattered at the pyramid’s base. The unfinished pyramid signifies that the goals of the Most Serene Order of the Illuminati are still incomplete. By working together, the Illuminati is able to make great strides towards completing their task for the glory of the Grand Architect.(insert citation)
In the Bavarian Illuminati, owls represented wisdom and villagance.
Weishaupt was aroused by Zoroastrianism and philosophies of the ancient Parsees. He planned to use fire allegories in the symbols and rituals of the higher degrees of the Illuminati. The color red is prominent in the higher degrees of Illuminati Priest and Illuminati Regent.
Within the Order of the Illuminati the Illuminati Regent or Illuminati Prince initiation rituals consisted of three rooms which the initiate had to visit in succession. In the first room the candidate would find a skeleton with a sword and a crown at its feet. The candidate would then be asked if the bones were the bones of a king, a nobleman or a beggar. As in the Order of the Skull and Bones, the scene intended to make the candidate reflect on his own mortality.(insert citation)
New World Order & Modern Day Illuminati
After 1780 there have not been any recorded actions of the illuminati. But theorists believe that illuminati went un-noticed for many years because it regained its secrecy. These theorists also believe that this new formed illuminati has an agenda to carry out a plan that they call the “New World Order.” But, what exactly is the new world order?
The Oxford English dictionary describes the New World Order as being : A new or alternative model of social organization, interaction, or control; (Polit.) a new balance of power among nations, sometimes as manifested in arrangements established internationally for preserving political stability; esp. (in recent use) the state of global politics and the global economy following the end of the Cold War.
People believed to be involved in this modern day illuminati are usually those who are wealthy and prominent in the world. Popes, presidents, CEOs, A-list actors and actresses, Grammy –award-winning musicians terrorists and assassins are all believed to be a part of the modern day Illuminati carrying out the New World Order. Some people believe that the modern day illuminati incorporates symbols into music, movies, shows, music videos, speeches and brands to “brainwash” the public, so taking over the world is much easier. Some of these symbols include the pentagram, the all Seeing Eye, the el diablo hand sign, and the repetitive number 666. The YouTube channel called know-the-truth-studio has a series of over 20 videos called The Truth May Scare You in which the makers discuss the various ways the illuminati are controlling society. these elaborate videos show different symbols, songs, movies and people that are connected to the illuminati. The makers of these videos fervently believe that the New World Order is upon “us.” Many of the videos explain how a lot of famous celebrities we see such as Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne and Angelina Jolie are puppets of those who have higher ranks in the illuminati. Thinking about the illuminati and new world order makes skeptics wonder, what if everything that theorists claim to be influenced by the illuminati is just a big coincidence. The purpose of the videos are to make viewers feel as though the things they see in the media right now are not just normal ways of life, but rather are things that have evil connotations to them. Theorists claim that certain celebrities such as the ones named before, have sold their souls to those in higher place in the illuminati, so that they can have fame fortune and success. Theorists also believe that some of the tragic deaths in celebrities’ families are the cause of human sacrifice.
What Does Society Think ?
The “modern day” meaning of the Illuminati has gone so far from its Bavarian that many people fear it. Some physiologists say this is because people love having something to fear; just as a small child fears it shadow. The shadow is never going to hurt the child but it’s something that opened his or her eyes and startled by its coincidentally same shape and movements of the child, the child will draw back in fear. Society is realizing and opening their “third eye” to the coincidences and negative connotations in governments systems and the entertainment business and they are also startled just like the child. Now they need someone or something to blame for all these coincidences, because after all too many coincidences have to be apart a secret agenda. People who believe in the Illuminati often possess a fear that if they see something that has so many of the claimed Illuminati symbols into that they are ultimately being controlled by the images that they are viewing, and the words that they are hearing. This belief is prominent that some people go to the extent of playing song backwards to find all the true evils of the song. An example of this is YouTuber ceasey0xoogurl. This YouTuber took Beyoncé’s song Sweet Dreams and attempted to reveal the evils of the song. When played normally the songs chorus goes like “You could be a sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare, Either way I don’t wanna wake up from you (Turn the lights on) Sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare Somebody pinch me, your love’s too good to be true.” According to ceasey0xoogurl when someone slows the song down, distorts it a bit and plays it backwards the chorus says “I am worth …… hail Satan …… and I follow Lucifer.” The YouTuber received over 1.7 million views on the video and offers over 65 more videos on the subject of the Illuminati and evil connotations in the entertainment industry. But it does not stop there. Many people speak very ill-mannered about the celebrities that they believe are a part of the Illuminati. YouTuber CROBN has an eight minute video in where he narrates Beyoncé’s 2013 SuperBowl performance. As he is narrating he slows the video down to show viewers what he believes are demonic spirits coming in or out of Beyoncé. He describes her eyes as going form brown to pitch black and glassy, her neck being extra elongated and having explainable veins and lumps, her tongue becoming enlarged and her facial expressions changing from excited and happy to angry and evil. He calls Beyoncé “morph session” very disgusting. The video would be alright if he just stopped there, but he did not. This YouTuber went on to attack Beyoncé’s character. He called her a demonic entity, a satanic witch and most appalling, a child molester and murderer. Then he warns his viewers that Beyoncé’s music is from the pits of hell and its only purpose is to destroy as many people it can. In conclusion he says that anyone who claim themselves to be a Christian should not listen to or idolize her in any way. This YouTube video is very striking to say the least. But, it shows how far people will stretch their assumptions, beliefs and fears. Quite certainly this YouTuber did not have to slander Beyoncé’s name, because after all it was a performance. The thrill and exhilarating factors needed to be there in order for her performance to go down in the history books. Did he want her to sing a-capella in the middle of the football stadium wearing an angelic getup? I’m sure if Beyoncé knew beforehand that her name and talent was going to be dragged through the dirt for giving one of the memorable halftime performances, she surely would have thought twice. But then again, Beyoncé is the acclaimed modern day queen of pop and r&b music, so what does she care? And that’s exactly it. People who write blogs and make videos blasting and slandering celebrities they think are the Illuminati, have a belief that everybody is jumping their bandwagon to stop these celebrities and bring them down from their pedestals. But it’s not that case at all. All the talk about who is and is not in the Illuminati makes celebrities more relevant. It makes government officials stay relevant even after they leave office or die. Why do we still talk about George W. Bush? It might be because the conspiracy theorists say he conspired with the radical Muslims during the 9/11 attacks and that’s why he was conveniently not in the Washington DC area on September 11 2001. In any way, George Bush is still relevant because society makes him relevant. He probably wishes that the fault of 9/11 was not put onto his shoulders and just maybe he can enjoy his retired life in Texas.