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S is for... Syncretism


Syncretism. This is a big hitter.

Ok so I’m not ‘religious’, but I do have a belief system, and this is it. Syncretism. For what it’s worth, it’s my religion. Because one definition of religion is......belief system. I’m giving you incredible stuff here guys. Literary gold!

But what is syncretism?

It is the amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures or schools of thought.

Basically, in my head that translates to. Do what I want, just don’t be a dick. But then, those that know me, know that I’ll probably be a dick at least once a day. *cue those that ‘know me, know me’ saying you'll probably be a dick all day!

When did I discover syncretism? Maybe in the past couple of years? I read, when I can be bothered. Like a lot of us, I surf the web. But I was purposefully trying to find something that provided me with this kind of definition. It’s not always easy to find what you are looking for. It can literally take years. Even with the world at your finger tips, getting a hold of it can be tricky.

In a nutshell I tend to think we are all applying some version of syncretism to our life. Even those of us that are what is more commonly understood as religious are adopting and rejecting some sort of ideals. But is it being done consciously or not? That’s the main issue.

What does it make me think of? Well Piscine Molitor Patel from the film Life of Pi. If you haven’t seen that film, watch it. Sick film! Once you’ve watched it, come back and tell me I was right. Oh and Richard Parker is a fucking legend!


The other thing that it makes me aware of, is the fact that every team you are in centres around some sort of syncretism. We are a bunch of people, with different schools of thought, coming together. We embody syncretism.

In a way, I guess that’s it. Part of me feels like I could just stop writing this blog now. I feel like people would get where I’m coming from. more Where my head is at. Just from that one word. But that one word doesn’t define me. It’s just part of me. Plus I love to spout on about stuff. I also think that some people reading this would probably find a bit more peace of mind if they were able to put a finger on their life and maybe call the way the live it their version of syncretism.

Hopefully those of you that do read this actually enjoy reading it. So, on that basis, I’ll continue writing whether you, or I, like it or not.

Who doesn't love a good quote?

"In the attempt to be "relevant" one may fall into syncretism, and in the effort to avoid syncretism one may become irrelevant." - Lesslie Newbigin

Songs to listen to now:

Show Me How To Live - Audioslave

I’m a Believer- The Monkees

Keep The Faith - Bob Jovi

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For - U2

My Culture - One Giant Leap

God’s gonna cut you down - Johnny Cash

I wouldn’t believe your radio - Stereophonics

We believe - Red hot chilli peppers

#theology #lifeofpi #syncretism #richardparker #mind

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