Someone just told me that the Illuminati were behind Egypt's revolution. I honestly am puzzled by people who believe in these conspiracy theories... but I can also see why they cling to them. The world is a scary place full of irrational people doing brutal and monstrous things to other people, enslaving them with laws or with weapons. I assume it brings some sort of comfort to think that there is someone behind it all who moves the levels- and that the solution to all problems is a simple one: just get rid of 'them'.
But while it brings some sort of comfort, it bypasses the actual source of things, irrationality, and it leaves one incapable of actually targeting the issue because you're swinging at ghosts.
There isn't a big evil wizard behind it all, twirling his moustaches (though narrative convenience tells us that there *should* be), what is at work is far more present and closer to you: incompetence, irrationality, and malevolence. For the longest time our society has been a society that values irrationality over all things ("If it brings me happiness, why shouldn't I believe it?"), holding that as a value has consequences. It may seem strange to think that such an apparent little thing could have such massive consequences, but it really isn't. Think of your mind and your way of thinking as a building, and the ideas that you select at the core as true the very foundations of that mind. Everything else is built upon that foundation. In a way these 'Illuminati' do exist- as the mental ghosts to whom you give free reign over your mind.
Isn't it about time you did some ghostbusting? Trust me, Bustin' will make you feel good.