A lot has been written lately of unexplained and possibly unproveable phenomenon in light of the Mayan 2012 Prophecy looming. It seems there are always people willing to join any conspiracy bandwagon or other - whether out of genuine belief or a desire to belong to something when mainstream avenues fail to satisfy. The lack of proof, rather than diverting believers, almost attracts them twice as fast, as if compelled by a hidden magnetic force. Hence conspiracy theories abound, and despite language and culture barriers, they continue to spread and grow worldwide.
Perhaps as our ancestors used gods and goddesses and mythology in an effort to understand nature's curiosities, so now modern man finds characters and stories to explain away occurrences in the world that otherwise have an all too logical and uninspiring explanation.
Or do they?
The Illuminati are just the latest of a long list of conspiracy theories, but they are certainly not the least of it. If the theories are correct, there is a secret cabal of world governments, financial kingpins, celebrities, royal family members, religious leaders and professionals all connected by a history and a philosophy bent on bringing about world domination and crushing human beings as we know of ourselves today into the ground like so many bugs.
Truth? Or is this the belief of misguided people who in an attempt to justify and explain world issues such as hunger, pollution, endangered animals, financial crisis, homelessness, pandemics, incurable diseases, weather atrocities, and last but surely not least human violence and aggression, latch onto a theory, however seemingly far-fetched, as completely feasible given mankind's history of wars, illnesses, and poverty. What better way to eliminate any responsibility by being able to say one has no control over things, that the world is being run by a secret unstoppable group of people and has been since ancient man.
In "The Skeptic's Dictionary" the history of the original luminati was explained as "secret society in Bavaria in the late 18th century. They had a political agenda that included republicanism and abolition of monarchies, which they tried to institute by means of subterfuge, secrecy, and conspiracy, including the infiltration of other organizations. They fancied themselves to be "enlightened" but they had little success and were destroyed within fifteen years of their origin."
Since that time, many worldwide believe the cabal still exists and still has control over all facets of civilization, due to the fact of the positions of the alleged "members". It is said members include(d): Napoleon, Adolf Hitler, members past and present of the British Royal Family and other European Royals, George W. Bush, The Kennedys, Onassis, Rockefeller, Rothschild. Many of those listed here are allegedly members of the Freemasons, an ancient secret society with mystical leanings towards satanism, and supposedly heavily involved in Illuminati machinations.
There are those, such as David Icke, a controversial author and speaker, who posit the Illuminati are extra-terrestrial in origin and according to Wikipaedia in his book "The Biggest Secret that human beings originated in a breeding program run by a race of reptilians called Anunnaki from the Draco constellation, and that what we call reality is just a holographic experience;..." In Icke's opinion, the Illuminati include such organizations as: The Round Table, Council on Foreign Relations, Chatham House, The Trilateral Commission, The Bilderberg Group, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations, the media, the military, CIA, Mossad, science, religion, and the internet. Apparently, everyone!
While it is certainly true that throughout history, governments and rulers have attempted to rule the world through wars and takeovers of smaller weaker countries, and while it is clear financial institutions seem to control our economic status, skeptics maintain there is no group, no matter how powerful, capable of complete and utter world domination. Many of those who disagree with Illuminati theories say it is mainly because there is no group of men/women in that power sphere who would be able to work together so seamlessly without egos clashing loudly and without their own personal greed and power-mongering getting in the way. Such a project would have to be run by people inherently committed to group efforts, with no personal stakes at all, and it is inconceivable that those named as members have those qualities.
In the end, there is no proof either way: although there are secret societies and there are powerful people and groups vying for control over various facets of our lives, there has been no actual proof, no rock-hard evidence of a secret cabal with designs on controlling humanity completely, either terrestrially or extra-terrestrially in the modern world. Theories abound, and they always will. Though many educated authors and people of note believe in the Illuminati scheme, none of these theorists even agree on fundamental points. It is to be noted they are coming up with their own theories either through a mystical experience or through personal deduction. In the end, it is up to the individual to educate themselves and listen to their inner self to decide what makes sense and live accordingly.