posted on May, 6 2009 @ 12:31 AM
Let us, for a moment, ignore the fact that the organisation founded by Adam Weishaupt (The Bavarian Illuminati) was disbanded and has no demonstrable
contemporary linear descendant (at least, not in my experience).
Let us, instead, consider the shadowy, obscure organisation that many conspiracy theorists today know as "The Illuminati".
I see many posts here on ATS which attribute various qualities to this organisation (eg: they worship satan or they worship some other pagan deity,
they want "this" or they want "that", their goals are "thus" etc etc).
My questions are as follows:
1. From whence does everyone get their authoritative information? Who tells you guys what and who the "Illuminati" are, and what they want? Is it
people like David Icke, and other conspiracy writers? Have you formulated your own picture based on murmurs from the 'net?
2. From what I have read here, the "Illuminati" seems to be a pretty nebulous term, given to mean any number of things. Are there any definitions
which are more highly respected, and/or subscribed to, than others?
3. What happens when conspiracy theorists, who believe firmly in the Illuminati's existence, disagree about who and what the Illuminati are? Do you
cite your references and argue with each other? Are various writers held up against others as more or less authentic?
Thanks in advance. And, whilst I may not believe in the existence of such an organisation, I am certainly curious about people's experiences in
researching said group. The intention of this thread is certainly not simply to denigrate or de-bunk beliefs contrary to mine.