What do you know about Illuminati?
From several resources, it seems that the Illuminati, an elite group of influencers worked for the betterment of the world, for the good of humanity, and secular ideas. It all seems to be a cool thing, right? But whether this medieval group exits or not is highly disputable. Being at the top of the alleged secret society, the Illuminati definitely provided inspiration to several conspiracy theories. Their rumoured membership includes well-known celebrities such as Beyoncé, Kenya west, Barrack Obama, or even Adolf Hitler- all allegedly. Many believe that a group that wanted more rationality in an irrational world ends up being the most feared or misunderstood. But how much of this is faithful?
According to historians, they do not support Illuminati’s modern existence; though they believe it was a secret society of the yesteryear that lost its existence back in 1785. All we know today is their well-recorded decade-long existence yet nothing after its banishment. Though the group was banished yet their ideals remained and inspired several authors such as Robert Howells, author of The Illuminati: The Counter Culture Revolution–From Secret Societies to Wikileaks and Anonymous.
What Is The Illuminati?
According to the definition provided by Wikipedia, the Illuminati is a name given to several groups, both real and fictitious. Historically, the name usually refers to the Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment-era secret society founded on 1 May 1776 in Bavaria, today part of Germany. It was founded by a college professor of Bavaria, Adam Weishaupt who was frustrated by the religious ideals of the Catholic Church and decided to create a group of like-minded people to promote his anti-clerical ideas. He initially approached a group called Freemason but surprisingly didn’t joined but formed a parallel society called Illuminati that somewhat linked its ties with the Freemasons. The group strongly opposed superstition, obscurantism, religious influence over public affairs, and state abuse, instead, they believed in revolutionary ideals such as rationalization and philanthropy. It was an attempt to shift pre monarchy of the catholic movement into a rational and perhaps more secular movement.
His group has ranks similar to that of Freemasonry but with his own ideals. He also adopted secret signs such as of an owl (owl of Minerva) and secret names for all the members. Adam Weishaupt originally named himself ‘Spartakus’. And his most trusted members become Areopagus. The Illuminati soon gained influential elites and expanded their numbers by 1784. Though being highly selective the group only had approx. 600 members including well-known scholars, dukes, and influential people, all perfectly disguised. It is believed that a famous writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe too was one of the members. In the beginning, the Illuminati member was too conservative and didn’t even trust each other, initially they only trusted 30 key members. With the rest, Weishaupt contacted through a system of mutual espionage. One thing that Illuminati members excluded was people who were Jews, women, and others from religious cults.
With the growing momentum, the society became an open secret and their powerful thoughts inspired many politicians to join them. They also started securing important positions in reputed universities and organizations. This threatened the then government who started recording information of the Illuminati members. Charles Theodore, Elector of Bavaria in 1785 banished all the secret societies including the Illuminati, and seized all their information which ultimately forced Adam Weishaupt to exile. In 1797 and 1798, Augustin Barruel wrote a memoir that says that the illuminate survived their original banishment and still operates somewhere spreading their revolutionary ideas. People say that its ideals reached Jacobins who led the French revolution. If what they say is true, then the success of the Illuminati was really worth applauding.
Where are they now?
Theorists claimed that several historical events such as the French revolution, the Battle of Waterloo, and the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy were all staged by the Illuminati, whereas conspiracy theorists Mark Dice have proclaimed that the Illuminati have survived to this day. However in 1798, George Washington wrote a letter addressing the Illuminati threat and Thomas Jefferson was accused of being a member of the group, though the allegations were baseless. This doesn’t explain whether the group survived or not but their ideas surely did to the modern world.
The New World Order also known as ‘The old world order’ believes itself to be the heir of illuminate and many theorists suggest that they are the new incarnation. But as per the data, the organization comprises families of banking and aristocracy and their values and aesthetics certainly differ from that of the original Illuminati, who valued individual freedom above all. True or false, who knows?
There is literally no evidence of the existence of this group or their connection to any modern societies. Thus, one can conclude that Illuminati did banish in 1785 but isn’t it exactly what they wanted you to believe? Perhaps, the secret of this society is so well preserved that makes people still suspect their actuality.