The moment I openly identified as a syncretist, I encountered surprise and bewilderment from those around me, many of whom were unfamiliar with the term’s meaning. Syncretism, at its core, is the practice of merging diverse beliefs, and I proudly embrace this concept. In essence, it stands in stark contrast to the so-called “Third Position,” which thrives on opposition and division among adherents of “conventional beliefs.” While its influence is primarily noticeable in the realm of politics, where I have never been hesitant to express my perspective, syncretism also shapes my religious outlook. However, understanding me as an individual, rather than making snap judgments, is key to truly comprehending the depth of my beliefs.

Regarding religion, I classify myself as a theist who believes in the existence of at least one god, albeit with a degree of uncertainty—a position commonly known as Agnostic Theism. Technically speaking, I identify as a Karaite Jew. That said, I hold certain reservations about Judaism, primarily stemming from my interpretation of certain scriptural passages. Nonetheless, Judaism aligns more closely with my personal beliefs than Christianity or Islam. Furthermore, my spiritual vision transcends the boundaries of any religion I have encountered thus far. For instance, the Abrahamic religions lack a comprehensive commitment to nonviolence, a principle that holds immense importance in Dharmic religions. Nevertheless, religion does not take precedence over all aspects of my life.

Politics, on the other hand, assume a position of paramount importance. It bewilders me how individuals engaged in politics often behave as though they are part of a collective, blindly supporting statements they agree with while vehemently attacking those they disagree with. It strikes me as absurd that many fail to recognize our inherent individuality, even within the realm of politics. It is crucial to acknowledge that each of us is unique. Moreover, politics affect all of us, regardless of age. This is the one aspect I have not explicitly addressed on my blog before, and it frustrates me that people dismiss my involvement in politics due to my age. The truth is, individuals of all ages should engage in politics, exercising their rights, such as the right to vote. The decisions made within the political sphere directly impact our lives, yet our voices often go unheard. This is why I greatly support the Council of Europe (and contribute to organizations like ChildFund), as they genuinely value my input without any regard for my age. Conversely, the United Nations does not appear on my list of opposition, primarily due to a thoughtful email I received from one of its (former) employees, who reached out to me personally. This is also why I have chosen to embrace syncretism, even though my vision tends toward the left and liberalism (which opposes authoritarianism, rather than conservatism). Regardless of the political ideology one espouses, they often lead to broken systems and fail to address the root issues.

In our shared world, division and fragmentation prevail, causing pain, destruction, and terror. If we genuinely desire a peaceful world, we must abandon divisive tendencies and strive for unity. Ultimately, our true enemy lies within ourselves.

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