The word of the day today is ”syncretism,” which simply means that anybody who is anybody is busy talking about it. All the movers and the shakers of the fashion world have decided that is what ails us, that is the nature of our problems. Also, we like big words, makes us feels so academic and mysterious.
Syncretism can be applied in several ways but it means, ”Reconciliation or fusion of differing systems of belief, as in philosophy or religion, especially when success is partial or the result is heterogeneous.”
I like words and so often I go on the intertoobs to find out what word all the radical individualists and critical thinkers have decided to fall into line with and coordinate their intense tribalism around. I am laughing because it is a bit like being trapped in a carnival funhouse full of wobbly mirrors and try as you might you cannot even find the tiniest bit of self awareness anywhere.
We could certainly discuss the merits (or dangers) of “syncretism,” but I am far more fascinated by the behavior of the herd, by the fashion statement, the way words and ideas become fads, often short lived. Like, 3 months from now when I have finally put together an excellent thesis on syncretism, no one will even be talking about it anymore and I will be left standing there in my bell bottoms and top hat feeling like a prehistoric outcast. Sheesh IB, syncretism was so last month.….
I do find it mildly interesting that in biology there is an exchange that happens, a kind of collective syncretism where we share germs, cooties, and also some beneficial bacteria and immunities. Our health and well being, both physical, mental, and spiritual requires human contact. I don’t much like it either, but it is what it is. So naturally we mask everyone up, place them on six foot social distancing dots, tell them not to leave their homes, shut down churches, and write long screeds and books about syncretism.
I’d like to wrap this up with a bit of wisdom, with some valuable insights, but quite honestly I’ve just gone back to hanging upside on the monkey bars and speaking in pig latin.