Amalgamation: (n.) a mixture or blend: e.g. a curious amalgamation of the traditional and the modern.
I love that word.
Matter of fact, I will go so far as to say that our society is an amalgamation of many amalgamations–some good and some bad.
I think the best amalgamations are when an obvious need is blended with a willing spirit, culminating in a needful revelation.
Let me give you an example:
People in our country are too cynical. One of the ways we’re cynical is that we think everyone has the right to disagree with the fact that the country is too cynical.
It’s not a vote.
Cynicism is obvious because we prefer to stagnate in unworkable ideas instead of pursuing risky options that might require greater commitment. So if we admit that we’re cynical, we can concur that we need a willing spirit to consider other options, rather than sitting over coffee talking about how miserable everybody is.
Minus that willing spirit, cynicism is no longer an emotion. It becomes a philosophy.
But if you have a willing spirit, you can develop a sense of adventure to try some new things and weigh them in the balances, to see what works and what doesn’t.
Otherwise, you begin to question whether the whole process of growing and expanding is really necessary in the first place.
Politics, religion and entertainment have sunk into a quicksand of cynicism, which tells them to remain very still because if they struggle they might sink faster. But here’s the truth: even if the best reaction to quicksand is to remain still, you will eventually have to get out of the mire, or your life will be useless.
We need an amalgamation in this country–recognizing our cynicism, repenting of it and welcoming new ideas, even if many of them seem ridiculous and without merit.
Because honestly, the funniest story that could be told: Thomas Edison sharing about the experiments that failed to work … on the way to the light bulb.