The opposite of life

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.

The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference.

The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference.

And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.

Elie Wiesel z”l (1928-2016)

67 thoughts on “The opposite of life”

  1. Words to live by. ๐Ÿ’– Everyone should read his book, Night. The world would be a better place.
    There is a line in the song, “Stubborn Love,” by The Lumineers, that borrows the same message, “The opposite of love’s indifference.” ๐Ÿ’•

          1. Ok, as I recall, he was not at all a Marxist, which was why he was thrown out of the 2nd (?) International, and he advocated long-range planning (his ‘war of position’) in preparation for the next big opportunity to make a change in society. He wrote (Prison Letters) that the middle classes align themselves with the elites to maintain the hegemony of the topmost upper classes, and that education was needed to help the working and middle classes see and avoid this self-exploitation. He did not agree with the idea of violent revolution, so other Communists pretty much rejected him, but he was certainly Socialist and I believe also very communalist. For anything more, I’d have to go back and re-read his works. But yes, in as much as I recall here, my views align fairly well with the little bit I recall of his views.

          2. Shira ~ thank you for sharing this ~ it’s very interesting, and, as I wrote before, I knew nothing about him at all. This is educational for me, which I greatly appreciate ๐Ÿ™‚

            Also, your comments did not ‘disappear’ – I was asleep (super tired) so I couldn’t approve them until now when I woke up)!

            Yours,
            David

          3. D’oh! Sorry, David! That’s what I get for replying to comments when I ought to be resting, too!
            I hope that you slept well, and I am super glad to be of service in the sharing of information with you!
            Your appreciation is very much appreciated! ๐Ÿ™‚

            Chodesh Tov,
            -Shira

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