Working together in a collaborative manner is always wrought with perils and pitfalls. Finding common ground often involves the downward negotiation ideals, the shredding of core values and a watering down of fiery ideas to meet a melting, middling, middle-ground.
Collaboration is so often a compromise against excellence because we have been taught since childhood that we must play well with others and fit in to the smaller expectation of the societal queue of acceptable behavior.
Aesthetics of fire and water are never a good mix — they make a dull mush in the end.
However, a collaboration of fire and kerosene often creates an exploding magnitude that measures well past the individual means of each artist.
We seek the same in others that we see in ourselves — and that mealy mandate merely creates stasis and static without any flow.
To truly collaborate, we need to be offended and horrified by what we sense in our possible collaborators, because only a personal threat to our current safety of thinking can expand the creative process into something special and memeingful beyond the initial dyad.
If we continuously challenge who we are and what we think we know — then we begin to go past the horizon of belief in our own reality to create a whole new hyper-state with an inherited set of core values and wants — and that makes us grander, and more sustainable, in every sense.