Contrastive Progression

It is often observed that dissimilar agents seldom cluster together. The contrast faced can be overwhelming and can evoke unrest. This can be spotted more often amongst people than anywhere else. The disinclination to the unsimilar can be understandable as it never lies within our comfort zone, and it is something we have not come to appreciate and like. This can be for several reasons, but the most common one being the adverse difference shared by the two- the like and that which is not. Different things are characterized by attributes far removed from each other and in this distinction lies their identity or considered to be so. It is at this point, where it is often mistaken that the elimination of what is not would make things favorable for the better. On the contrary, the contrast ushers in all that which defines the subject to its last pixel.
Quoting the law of simultaneous contrast:
When observed adjacently, colors will influence each other.
Two adjacent colours, when seen by the eye, will appear as dissimilar as possible.
Of several colors, all equally white, that will look whitest which is against the darkest background. And black will look intensest against the whitest background. And red will look most vivid against the yellowest background; and the same is the case with all colors when surrounded by their strongest contrasts.
– Leonardo da Vinci compiled from the original manuscripts by Jean Paul Richter, 1970.
It can be astonishing to realize that the very contrast, which is being evaded, offers the evader- it’s definition. That which is not defines that what is. The darkness defines light, empty space gives rise to form and the silence sets the stage for sound. While these instances were polar opposites, a gradient is always observed in any scenario. A gradient varying in magnitude (of any kind or measure) along the scale considered.
This creates a reason to celebrate contrast- where ever it’s observed, however it’s perceived. Especially when sensed in people, as it grants a great opportunity for self-reflection and progress. Studying people who we discern as annoying or incompatible, can describe volumes about our nature. This acts as a compass, stating our position in the gradient, giving us a chance to assess the ways of carrying ourselves and how we would like to proceed with the experiences to come.

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