Today's topic: The Illuminati. Real or a fairytale?
I had a friend of mine bring this up to me, and they were a little freaked out about it. Of course, I'm skeptical of theories and such that create fear. (Like 2012 predictions and HIV needles hidden in gas station pumps. =_= ) So I went looking...
Since this is apparently a rather controversial topic, I've split the journal into 2 sections: Believers and Skeptics. If you've never heard of this issue before, feel free to read both sections, look at my sources, and tell me what you think.
I looked at a whole ton of websites, forums, and interviews when I did my research. The sources I have listed aren't all the pages I looked at. They're just the ones that I think are worth looking at.
On with my spiel.
--For the Believers:What is the Illuminati?
The Illuminati is a secret organization made of the extremely wealthy and powerful. They've been around for centuries, are all knowing, and are behind many major companies and organizations. (They could be watching you right now.) They have control over every aspect of society, from finance, to government, to TV and music, and even our food. According to some theories, the Illuminati have been behind many, if not all major events, from the Civil War to 9/11 to the Sandy Hook School Shooting. They force musicians, artists, and people in the entertainment industry to follow their secret agendas.
The Illuminati are using the media to dumb down and brainwash the masses. The proof? Many music videos have Illuminati symbolism, and most of the symbolism is very well hidden. Many artists go silent or play dumb when asked about their involvement with the Illuminati. Anyone who talks about the Illuminati, tries to reveal what they're planning, or go against them either get bad press or are killed off. Michael Jackson was planning to reveal the Illuminati's plans during his next concert tour and was found dead. Brittany Spears went against the Illuminati for a short time and got bad press. The only reason she wasn't killed off was because she decided to follow them again. The Illuminati were also responsible for the deaths of Bob Marely, Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse.
The Illuminati planned the Sandy Hook Shooting so our guns would be taken away. They also have control over the news, choosing which stories get out to the public.So what's their agenda?
The Illuminati plan to bring the New World Order, a one-world authoritarian government where we'll all be mindless slaves. From there, the NWO will bring about the rise of the Antichrist. You see, the organization is made of a bunch of Satanists. A lot of the Illuminati's symbols have Satanic roots.People to watch out for (they're suspected to be members of the Illuminati):
- Barack Obama
- the Pope
- Lady Gaga
- Jim Carrey
- Queen Elizabeth II
- George W. Bush
- Kanye West
So be careful of the media, the Illuminati are using them to brainwash us all.
There are plenty of videos on YouTube about their agendas and information on how they're trying to control us (and how you can prevent it). Just type in "Illuminati" on the YouTube search.
- The Illuminati's Brainwashing System - Part 1
- Kat Williams Talks About Kevin Heart Wearing a Dress, Illuminati, and Scary Movie 5
- Britney Spears - A Victim of Illuminati
- The Perverted Disney Empire (Illuminati Exposed)
- Comprehensive Guide to the Illuminati (The Believer's Guide)
--For the Skeptics:
Are you pointing up there and saying, "that's bullshit"? Don't worry, you're not the only one, but you are the minority. Illuminati conspiracy theorists are shockingly good at getting their "message" across to people.Who are the Illuminati?
Historically, the Illuminati were a secret organization formed in 1776 in Bavaria, Germany. Their goals included eliminating superstition and prejudice and supporting gender equality.They were fighting for some pretty awesome things. How'd they get associated with Satanism?
"Illuminati" means "enlightened." People take that meaning and connect it to Lucifer, the morning star. There is no actual proof that these two meanings are connected. It's mostly hypothetical and vague symbolism.
Also, around the time the Illuminati was formed, anyone who didn't believe in God was labeled a "Pagan." If you were labeled a "pagan" that meant you had ties with Satan. The Illuminati were made of atheists and agnostics. They don't believe in God, therefore they are "pagans," and therefore they worship Satan.Are they really still around?
The Illuminati were pretty hated during their time and were suppressed and disbanded by the government about 8 years after they were formed. There isn't any proof that they survived the disbanding, but there are several groups today calling themselves the Illuminati. Again, there is no proof that any of those groups have amassed the kind of power the conspiracy theorists say that they have.For a secret organization, they're pretty bad at keeping their secrets and they sure advertise themselves a lot. They kill off their members that sell them out; why aren't they doing the same to non-members that know the "truth?"
I read somewhere that the Illuminati don't care about non members who expose their plans. They're hoping that only a small amount of people will believe those claims and that the majority will label the exposers as "crazy."
Here's something interesting I found:
I looked up several polls that asked "Do you believe in the Illuminati," "Do you believe in the New World Order," etc. The winning votes for almost all the polls I found were "yes." Usually by a landslide. People who DON'T believe in the Illuminati are, in fact, the minority. If the Illuminati were an all-powerful and all-knowing organization like the conspiracy theorists claim, you would think they would have noticed this and done something about it by now, right?Why do people believe in this crap?
Many people who have heard about the Illuminati conspiracy theories first find them on YouTube. Many of these videos open with imagery, dark/creepy background music, and often times, dark background colors. What they're doing is pretty obvious. They're setting the mood. They're provoking a strong emotional response from their viewers, pulling them out of their logical modes to their emotional modes. Most people know from experience that our emotional sides tend to be less logical. Most of these videos try to evoke fear and uneasiness, which makes people believe things more easily, sometimes without questioning it. Remember that a true informer will never use fear to get their message across.What about the symbols the Illuminati are trying to "brainwash" us with?
Any psychologist will tell you, "symbols are what you make of it." An example, a 5-pointed star inside of a circle. Some people call it a pagan sign, some people call it a satanic sign. Some people will call it pretty, some people will call it evil, and some people will call it harmless. How you see a symbol all depends on what you were told/taught.What about all the artists involved with the Illuminati?
They're most likely using the symbols and saying they can't talk about the Illuminati as a publicity stunt or a way to heighten their fame. (You know how these kinds of people are...) Entertainers that claim the Illuminati ruined them are probably blaming them for the bad press so that they don't seem as terrible anymore (and possibly get their former fame back since, you know the bad press apparently wasn't their fault). As for all the deaths and events the Illuminati have been blamed for, there is no proof that they are behind them, just speculation and coincidence.So wait... the Illuminati members... the Pope is a Satanist?
Yes. It makes total sense. I don't see how that's confusing at all. What's your take on all of this, Vibs?
I think believing in the Illuminati is similar to believing in God. Some people do and think they have proof; some people don't and think they have proof. I think people believe in the Illuminati as a way of "comforting" themselves by thinking that everything that happens in the world is planned and happens for a reason. (Once again, kinda similar to believing in God.) Face it, it's scary to think that the world is random and that anything can happen. I think another reason people believe in the Illuminati is that people like the idea of being rebels against a powerful organization and knowing the secrets to bringing it down.
I think the conspiracy theorists who came up with this are probably paranoid Christians who really hate the media and the government and know nothing about how Satanism actually works. (No offense to you, Christians. I'm Catholic myself, but the paranoid ones piss me off.) I think the Illuminati do exist, but they're not as big and powerful as they've been made up to be. A huge and powerful organization that controls everything is a sensational story, true or not. That's why people take it with them, that's why it's gotten so much hype and that's why entertainers are using it to heighten their fame.
Honestly, I would call this is the modern-day Red Scare or Salem Witch Trials.Can we talk about the theory that the Illuminati are space reptiles from another planet?
No. I'm sure both believers and skeptics know that's bullshit.
- Comprehensive Guide to the Illuminati (The Skeptic's Guide)
- Illuminati (Wikipedia)
- The Illuminati Does Not Exist
- Illuminating the Illuminati: Why a New World Order Probably Doesn't Exist
- Illuminati Debunked
Anyway, I want to hear what you guys think. Is the Illuminati real or not? Your opinions, please~Disclaimer: If you tell me I'm misinformed, close-minded, stupid, wrong, etc; try to "enlighten" me about the Illuminati/say I'm not enlightened, or call me a "sheep." You will be met with cold, uncaring, and unforgiving sarcasm.
I have kept my mind open and I've done a lot of research on both sides. I just want to hear others' opinions, not get name called.
Have a lovely day everyone~