The world Illuminati has already been used (or misused) many times in popular media, be it in big-budgeted Hollywood movies, best-selling novels, television series, or even in trending articles on websites started by hardcore conspiracy theorists. It appears that the general public already has this understanding of the Illuminati as a group composed of powerful and influential personalities that aim to control the entire world and form the New World Order. When someone talks about the New World Order, people already think about the end times, so the bottom line is that Illuminati has been negatively painted by the public.
Even so, people still need to exert a little more effort to understand the things around them. A good start would be to know what the Illuminati really is, and perhaps forget about all the famous Hollywood plot lines that define the word for them. It is true that the Illuminati is a secret society, but it did not aim for world domination or the destruction of Planet Earth. Based on actual historical facts, Illuminati, or Bavarian Illuminati to be exact, is a secret order that aims to search for the path to enlightenment. Coming from the Latin word illuminatus, which means “enlightenment,” the group was composed of individuals who claim to have unique views of the word, things that an ordinary person would find crazy or out of this world. Nonetheless, the Illuminati pushed for a better understanding of the world around them so that certain personas and groups would not be able to control the mind of the general public and oppress them.
It’s a good thing that Terry Melanson did his research that better explains the existence of the Illuminati in a world that has already given it a bad connotation. In his write-up in 2008, Melanson talked about the facts and myths surrounding the Illuminati, specifically on the two of the prominent personalities of the movement, Lanz and Lang. He called for more in-depth research and historical accuracy when dealing with the accounts of the order of the Illuminati.