Chapter Seven : Adam Weishaupt

Born in 1748 in Ingolstadt, Bavaria (now part of modern-day Germany), Weishaupt was a descendant of Jewish converts to Christianity.  He was an orphan at an early age and lived with his Uncle who placed him into education under the Jesuits.  After completing college, he became a professor of natural and canon law at the University of Ingolstadt, married, and started a family. [1]

His philosophy on life was interesting in that he believed reality was a fixed destination and he spent a good deal of time trying to determine exactly what direction reality was going.  He compared his current life, and world to the life and world of those living 100's of years before him and came to the conclusion, that if something wasn't done, humanity would sink into ruin. 

 

He outlines his ideas in the book, Diogenes' Lamp Or An Examination Of Our Present Day Morality And Enlightenment.  This book was originally found by Sir Knight Mark Bruback and had the Work translated from German by Amelia Gill, and edited by Andrew Swanlund. 

A major theme throughout is mankind's refusal to address the future and the detrimental repercussions this will bring about. 

His logic concludes the world is either good, bad, or interpreted either/or by its populace.   In all cases, humanity is incapable of caring for itself and requires an authority to properly preserve humanity. 

And what if we allow each person to judge their world and interpret it on their own?  Once again, the logic leads to the same conclusion, that humans simply cannot manage themselves.  

Bavaria, during the times of his writings, was deeply conservative and Catholic.  He felt the church was oppressive and an impedance to progress.  This, coupled with his loss of faith in humanity inspired him to create a new belief system that could manage, and control the Governments of the world.  He felt this was needed to save humanity from itself and that the means would justify the end.   He called this new belief system,