Convenience or conscientiousness can both lend themselves to the melding of unlike people, animals, or objects, as with this wall mortared by man and thrust up by volcano. Most often it takes someone’s vision to see how disparate parts can come together to make a useful and pleasing whole. The idea of opposing forces somehow clicking together as a puzzle does and following a path or forming a structure that neither could have done on its own is a challenge that is more than satisfying. It feels useful and creates many different kinds of beauty, too. It is interesting that this kind of blending isn’t seen more often; perhaps we get held up or stuck in the familiar and the mundane rather than following the glimmer of a light bulb over our heads. Perhaps the thought of blended objects and lives is repugnant to us or we don’t see the point to mingling things that have started out unmingled when a satisfactory result can be obtained without the effort it takes to truly meld. This is very limited thinking of the sort we should be on guard against; if we relegate ourselves only to what has been done or happened before, we lose the senses of discovery and curiosity that drive mankind’s ingenuity and fosters our love of learning new things. Many new things come out of the attempted and successful, or unsuccessful, compoundings of many and varied thoughts and ideas – this is a large part of what we call progress. Aren’t the possibilities of future meldings or study of past ones fascinating to contemplate?