contrast[ kuh n-trast, kon-trast, kon-trast ]
verb (used with object)
1. to compare in order to show unlikeness or differences; note the opposite natures, purposes, etc., of: Contrast the political rights of Romans and Greeks.
verb (used without object)
1. to exhibit unlikeness on comparison with something else; form a contrast.
2. to differ in a way that can serve to distinguish meanings: The sounds (p) and (b) contrast in the words “pin” and “bin.”
I find the contrast created by certain events, people, and moments in our lives both curious and enlightening. The ease with which the status quo can be completely upset and what once was good enough rendered anything but acceptable is sometimes shocking. And I am always amazed at what I find I have allowed myself to accept when I lack these points of contrast. So here's to those moments when contrast changes our view of everything.
Now if only changing the contrast on my TV could improve the program content in the same way.