Indifference between Love and Hate

Most people are familiar with the popular quote “There is a thin line between Love and Hate”

I wonder who came up with such an expression that has become widely accepted.

Visualizing this expression, one imagines two objects (Love and Hate) standing facing each other in opposition, separated by a thin line.

I believe that the person who coined the expression did so in an attempt to highlight the opposing nature of love and hate. The question is: are these two forces actually opposite in there meaning?

I read an article some time ago which said the opposite of love is not hate but indifference, so where does indifference sit within the “There is a thin line between Love and Hate” expression

Different people, practices, and institution have varying definitions of love and hate. Indifference on the other hand means the same thing everywhere you go

For the sake of consistency, I will use Google as my constant source.

According to Google love is a strong feeling of affection or a great interest and pleasure in something
Google defines hate as a feeling of intense dislike
Google defines indifference as lack of interest, concern, or sympathy.

There are a few connotations in these definitions; firstly, all three words are relational in nature i.e. these words are used to describe relationship between two or more entities. i.e. ‘A’ loves or hates or is indifferent to ‘B’.

All of these three words are relational but only two of these words have emotionality attached to them i.e. Love and Hate. It requires feeling and emotions to Love. It also requires feelings and emotions to Hate, this suggests similarity, rather than opposition.

Indifference is different, the definition of the word relates to having no emotions or feelings towards someone or something, which is quite the opposite of the Love and Hate

Perhaps the “There is a thin line between love and hate” statement should be rephrased to read there is a ‘Fine’ line between Love inspired acts and Hate inspired acts.  It is only in actions that Love and Hate are opposite

What do you think?


One thought on “Indifference between Love and Hate

  1. I wholeheartedly agree! I think the person who coined the phrase was being poetic. Nothing more.
    Then again, I wonder if the sliding scale is love –> hate –> indifference? So that love is the best, and indifference is the worst?
    To me, indifference is rock bottom in a relationship between two people…


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