How to join the Illuminati, other secret societies
Is there a way to join an infamous secret society like the Illuminati or Skull and Bones? Or even Disney's secret supper club within Disneyland?
We all know Beyoncé and Jay Z are most likely in the Illuminati. And George Bush is in Skull and Bones. Does that mean you have to be amazingly successful or come from blue blood to join a secret organization that rules the world through a New World Order? Let's see if there's a way to join the Illuminati.
The actual Illuminati was a secret society, founded in 1776 in Bavaria (now in Germany). That organization upheld the ideals of the Enlightenment, fighting superstition, abuses of state power and undue religious influence on the life of the public. The group was outlawed by the Bavarian Ruler Charles Theodore, who did so at the urging of the Roman Catholic Church, which understandably did not agree with the Illuminati teachings.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the literary titan who penned" Faust," was counted among the Illuminati members as were other prominent citizens. At its apex, the organization had up to 2,500 members. Its reach ultimately dwindled and various government edicts were successful in disbanding the organization by 1787.
There was a theory, published in 1797 and 1798 in Augustin Barruel's Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism and John Robison's Proofs of a Conspiracy, that the Illuminati have survived and, in fact, managed to influence world events in an audacious international conspiracy.
Whether that's true is hard to judge, especially if you're not a member of the Illuminati, but there have been some modern organizations that claim their heritage back to the original Bavarian group. Chances are, these groups are not the real Illuminati either, as ones like this one just try to sell you stuff. They also have an exciting commercial that challenges you to participate in the continuing survival of the human species:
So, to summarize, no you probably cannot join the Illuminati because they no longer exist. Or do they?
Another secret organization you might have heard about is the Skull and Bones. Is it taking in new members? Well, it probably is but you have to go to Yale to join.
The Skull and Bones is an undergraduate secret society at the esteemed Ivy League institution in New Haven, Connecticut, that was founded in 1832. Every year, it selects fifteen prominent members of the junior class to join its ranks. Both men and women are eligible and once accepted are called “Bonesmen".
The logo of the Skull and Bones. According to one theory, 322 stands for the year the society was founded (1832) and also shows that it's the second chapter of the Bavarian Illuminati.
Both President George H.W. Bush and his son George W. Bush are members, along with the former Secretary of State John Kerry and the other prominent figures of the American government. This has led to the reputation that the society somehow runs a conspiracy to control the world. One theory has the “Bones" micromanaging the CIA. How true that is only the Bonesmen can know but it's one society you might be able to join under the right circumstances.
Of course, such elite clubs are ultimately not for everyone. That's just how our society is organized. Even Disney has a secret club called Club 33, with a 14-year waiting list for new memberships. Being in the club gives you exclusive perks, like alcohol, since it's the only place that serves it in Disneyland. You can also get access to early park admission and special lounges.
Another infamous secret group is undoubtedly the Freemasons. Of course, it's not all that secret anymore and that's one society you can actually join today. This fraternal organization traces its origins to the meetings of local stonemasons who gathered as far back as the fourteenth century to regulate qualifications for their guilds. The tools of the stonemasons are looked at as symbols representing moral truths and lessons.
U. S. President George Washington presiding over a meeting of the Lodge of the Alexandria, Virginia Masonic Lodge. This meeting prepared the lodge to lay the cornerstone for the United States Capitol on September 18, 1793.
There are numerous independent lodges all around the world, representing up to 6 million members. There is no one body controlling all the lodges, so there goes the conspiracy theory of world domination by the Masons. Here's a list of lodges around the world.
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Whether or not women think beards are sexy has to do with "moral disgust"
- A new study found that women perceive men with facial hair to be more attractive as well as physically and socially dominant.
- Women tend to associate more masculine faces with physical strength, social assertiveness, and formidability.
- Women who display higher levels of "moral disgust," or feelings of repugnance toward taboo behaviors, are more likely to prefer hairy faces.
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Photo Credit: Wikimedia<p>The study used 919 American (mostly white) women ages 18-70 who rated 30 pictures of men they were shown with various stages of facial hair growth. The photographs depicted men with faces that had been digitally altered to look more feminine or more masculine, with a beard and without a beard. The women rated the men according to perceived attractiveness for long-term and short-term relationships. The study found that the more facial hair the men had, the higher the men were rated on their attractiveness, particularly for their suitability for a long-term relationship.</p><p>Part of this might be attributed to facial masculinity — i.e. protruding brow ridge, wide cheekbones, thick jawline, and deeply set narrow eyes — which conveys information to a woman about a man's underlying health and formidability. Women tend to associate more masculine faces with physical strength and social assertiveness. It can also indicate a man with a superior immune response. The researchers suggested that their findings favoring bearded men could be due to the fact that facial hair enhances the masculine facial features on a man's face, like creating the illusion of a thicker jaw line. This could communicate direct benefits to women like resources and protection that would enhance survival among mothers and their infants. In other words, while a beard doesn't mean superior genetics in and of itself, it might be a primitive, ornamental way of saying, "Hey girl, I'm a testosterone-fueled lean, mean, pathogen fighting machine." <br></p><p>It could also be that a beard becomes its own destiny. The researchers in this study cite prior research that found that by growing a beard, men felt more masculine and had higher levels of serum testosterone, which was linked to a higher level of social dominance. They also tended to subscribe to more old-school beliefs about gender roles in their relationships with women as compared to men with clean-shaven faces.<span></span><br></p>
What does disgust have to do with beard preference?<p>Obviously, not all women dig beards. The researchers were particularly interested in what traits make a women prefer bearded men over clean-shaven faces. They looked into several factors including a woman's disgust levels on various concepts, her desire to become pregnant, and her exposure to facial hair in her personal life. </p><p>According to the study, women who were not into facial hair were turned-off by potential parasites or other critters they imagined could be in the hair or skin. Women ranking high on this "ectoparasite disgust" scale might have viewed beards as a sign of poor grooming habits. However, women who ranked higher in levels of "pathogen" did find the bearded men to be desirable, possibly because they perceived beards as a signal of good health and immune function. An intriguing discovery in the study was links to morality. Women who displayed higher levels of "moral disgust," or feelings of repugnance toward taboo behaviors, were more likely to prefer hairy faces. The authors opined that this could reflect a link between beardedness, politically conservative outlooks, and traditional views regarding performances of masculinity in heterosexual relationships.</p>
Additional findings<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjU5OTg1My9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyNDI1NjUyOX0.P9B8WbmJR0q4nfzYZKbuNSA-2SAigVWJgrQE-_Gxlds/img.gif?width=980" id="49143" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="2ed3b1d6f20fc170bf2974646e565e8d" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />Giphy<p>The correlations that existed between married and single women's rating on the attractiveness of beards were not particularly clear, although the researchers noted that single and married women who wanted children tended to find beards more attractive than the women who didn't want children. They also found that women with bearded husbands found beards to be more attractive, which might indicate that social exposure to beards influences how desirable they are perceived of as being. Or it could be that men with wives who like beards grow beards.</p><p>It's important to note that culture plays a huge role in how attractive women perceive certain male characteristics as being. This study looked at a small, culturally specific group of American women, so no big, universal claims should be made about masculinity, facial hair, and male desirability to women. However, research like this is important in highlighting how human grooming decisions are driven by much more than fashion trends. Sociobiological, economic, and ecological factors all play a part in the way we choose to present ourselves.</p>
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