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Why the Illuminati Don't Exist: A Skeptic's Argument
It is difficult, if not impossible for a select group of individuals in the modern age to control, manipulate, and plot the entire course of the worlds’ politics, finances, and view for a prolonged amount of time, as believers in the Illuminati and the New World Order suggest. Furthermore, it is even more improbable that such a group has been pulling the strings behind every major and minor event that has shaped history without leaving a trace of evidence that they exist.
The belief that an evil super-group is behind every tragedy in the past and present may provide some psychological comfort, or sense of control- being able to place the blame of events that are out of our hands and leave us feeling vulnerable or outraged on a tangible yet elusive target. Christians have God, new ageists have karma, and the paranoid have conspiracies like that of the Illuminati-who, by popular lore, have controlled world events since the time of the crusades, having members entrenched in every major political body from the church to major corporations.
Not only are skeptics fueled by the blatant lack of evidence for the theory of the existence of the Illuminati, There are pieces of historical evidence and more mundane alternatives to the wild speculations presented by believers. For example, the main symbol of the illuminati is popularly accepted as the “all-seeing eye” over, or incorporated with a pyramid, such as is visible on the US one dollar bill. However, if one is aware of the historical value placed on those symbols, it seems a lot less sinister to have an “illuminati” pictograph incorporated in our country’s currency. The roots of the eye and pyramid symbols of course trace back to Egypt, and are common symbols meaning power and wisdom (the eye and pyramid on the us dollar was supposed to basically symbolize divine providence over a new empire, as can be found in the notes made by the committee who decided on the design for our currency), much as we have common knowledge that the eagle holding the arrows and olive branch represent America and the balance of peace and war.
Another example is the belief that the US government, in accordance with the Illuminati’s plans, caused, or allowed 9/11 happen. This idea has, unfortunately, gained a lot of supporters and believers since 2002, even though the official reports are readily available to the public due to the freedom of information act, and the final report can be viewed at: http://www.9-11commission.gov/report/911Report.pdf. Claims range from the slightly conspiritous to full-out paranoia:
· President Bush scheduled his Grade school visit in Florida to be out of DC when flight 93 was supposedly going to hit the white house. (based on no evidence)
· It was a missile launched by our own government that hit the pentagon, not a plane. (based on the lack of visible plane wreckage on the news tapes)
· Our Government paid the terrosits/paid to train the terrorists. (based on no evidence)
· Our own government shot down flight 93. (Based on the conflict of eye-witness statements, and the fact that what actually caused the plane to crash is unexplained.)
· Bush and Cheney were commissioned by the heads of the Illuminati to plan and execute the whole terrorist act of crashing planes into the towers, the Pentagon, and the white house with aid of select military and political figures as a means to distract the world, victimize the US, and bring the Middle East under strategic American rule to further their plans for a NWO. (Based on no evidence.)
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