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?
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.
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.