September 26, 2007 Wouldn't you figure that the opposite of love would be hate? That's what I guess I've always assumed. Until...I heard someone suggest that instead the opposite of love would be...apathy.
Perhaps the word opposite is just too encompassing a word. Maybe the issue is more about perspective than it is about polarity. At any rate, it helped a comment I had heard one co-worker say to another make sense to me. I'd overheard just a line or two of a conversation involving three people. "She must really love him to get that upset with him. Right, Sue?" (not real name)
A knowing look had passed between the two, confusing me as well as the other person involved in the conversation. But as I thought it through, I think maybe I'm starting to understand that the underlying gist of that comment went something like this: as we invest in relationships, we can no longer afford to be lukewarm or casual about issues we will be forced to face together in a committed relationship such as marriage or fellow citizenry. We will be passionate in championing whatever really matters to us.
So, here, for all of us to chew on, is the statement again:
"The opposite of love is not hate, but apathy.''
And that brings to mind another quote: "All that's necessary for nothing to happen is apathy.''