I love this word: Juxtaposition. I remember that my sister had an art book by this title when we were in High School. It held a special intrigue (maybe also because it contained nudity?). Contrasts are not the same as conflicts. There is a certain harmony or peace about them, like the yin/yang. I like that.
wedding cake topper
The “veil-ociraptor” on the wedding cake topper represents my daughter Susan, who is celebrating her 29th birthday today. Appropriately, The Bardo Group posted an essay of mine on the subject of “Joy” today as well. I invite you to read it here. Joy in the midst of suffering is the juxtaposition of real lives, I think.