There’s a jazzy Jim Henson Sesame Street song about this…
That’s the first thing that popped into my head. ‘Near’ and ‘far’ are opposite concepts. Concrete things are rarely exact opposites. More often, their differences are about contrast and juxtaposition. Here are some examples:
This complex world is full of interesting differences. My hope is that these contrasts become areas for exploration and awe, not areas for fear and hatred. You know what I mean?
What a cornucopia of contrasts we large-brained creatures enjoy! All of our five senses combined with time, space, balance, aesthetic, and a host of other concepts gives us a spectrum of comparison and juxtaposition that is unparallelled (maybe – contrasts in perceived electricity, magnetism, light and sound might be more pronounced in other species than I imagine! How do animals know when and how to migrate or mate or find a spawning place?). Sensate – sentient – sensational. The world is a vast canvas of contrasts.
Prickly, feathery, cold. Down on snow, covered with a pine bough.
I can lose myself in texture and scent and taste even more than with sight and sound. My guts are more involved, my brain less so. I am enjoying a book by one of my favorite writers, Walter Wangerin Jr. What I like about his voice is that it is so thoroughly visceral and ancient. It makes me feel grounded. There’s a holiness in that. Contrast helps me know that I am alive.