“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference,” Elie Wiesel is supposed to have said. Wiesel’s a better writer than I’ll ever be, and he’s suffered from more hate than I ever have, but this line is not quite on the mark.
Indifference may be the opposite of love, but only because it’s the opposite of any emotion.The opposite of hate is indifference, the opposite of grief is indifference, the opposite of fear is indifference.
For that matter, indifference is also the opposite of curiosity and passion and lust and bloodlust and confusion and surprise and tightly focused concentration and other states of mind, whether they’re emotions or not.
Thanks, Mr. Weisel, for the food for thought.