What The Eye In Every Conspiracy Theory Actually Means

– [Narrator] What is this thing? You’ve probably seen this eye in a bunch of conspiracy
theories and Masonic references. It’s the same eye that you see on the back of the dollar bill. And it’s even part of the Great
Seal of the United States. No, not there, it’s
actually on the other side. That’s right, the seal has two sides. But this symbol’s meaning and creation actually has nothing
to do with any of that. This is known as the Eye of Providence. And it first popped up
during the Renaissance. It shows an eye, often
surrounded by rays of light, enclosed by a triangle. Artists used this to represent
the all-seeing eye of God. The three points of the
triangle represent the Christian mythology of the Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit. The rays of light are stand
ins for holiness and divinity. This painting is one of
the first known appearances of the Eye of Providence way back in 1525. If you go back even further in history, you can find an eye being
used in ancient Egyptian times but it’s not exactly the same thing. For example, the Eye of Horus
belongs to Horus the sky god who’s often depicted as a falcon. So it’s a falcon’s eye. Fast-forward to the founding
of the United States and it ended up on the
back of the Great Seal on top of a pyramid. Why? – The pyramid is a sign of
strength and of survival. Of being long-lasting and
that’s designed to show that the new nation is going to survive, is going to last a long
time and it’s built on 13 different steps
meaning the 13 new states, the 13 former colonies. – It was a few years after that, that the Freemasons starting
using the eye for themselves. Some think it was the
Mason’s way of projecting their own watchful power but
it’s actually the opposite. – I think the all-seeing
eye of God for Freemasons was designed to be a
message to themselves. To say, “We are being
watched over and therefore, “we need to live up to the
standards of not only religion, “but also of Freemasonry-ism.” – So the Freemasons were
reminding themselves to keep their own strict moral standards, not push their values
on the general public. Of course other conspiracies say the eye in the Seal of the United
States and on the dollar bill mean that the government
is always watching us. But again, its real meaning
goes back to a higher power. – It’s supposed to represent America being watched over by God. America having been created
underneath God’s watchful eye. – So how did this symbol get so tarnished? Why is it tangled in the web
of so many conspiracy theories? – Well symbols are easy
for people to digest, they’re easy on the brain. You know, where as data and
evidence is much tougher for us. We have to digest it, and think about it, come to new conclusions. Symbols can be very powerful. Here’s the symbol, it’s
on the dollar bill, you can attach a picture
to it and it’s much easier to do that than it is to say: Well listen, we have free
markets and we have democracy and both of the things
are incredibly messy and no one’s really controlling it but if I can give you a few symbols and attach some names to it,
all of a sudden you have an evil villain that you
can pin the blame on. – OK, but throughout history it’s clear. Evil villains do exist. Is it really such a stretch to
believe that others like them might be using symbols to
signal their secret intentions? – So there are all sorts
of things that people see that they believe are clues put out there. So the dollar bill, the
way the roads are made in Washington, D.C.. There’s a painting in
the airport in Colorado that people think was
really an Illuminati base. People think that there
are secret messages in the movies, in the music. The truth is that if you are
pulling off a grand conspiracy, the idea is that you want
to do this in secret, you don’t wanna be caught. You’re not going to put out clues. So it doesn’t make sense. I mean, none of it makes sense. – So instead of signifying
a all-seeing power that watches over all of
us, and hints to greater and more sinister plans ahead. Maybe a simpler explanation is true. It’s just a symbol. (light music)

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