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. chewing on that one still, David. You can’t judge a man’s philosophy from one sentence, but it feels to me as if Buber is a bit more differentiated, so is Frankl for that matter. We are in dialogue, sure but our response is ours…

    1. fair enough 😀

      quotes, for me, are primarily food for thought… they’re more like catalysts for me to come up with me own ideas than for adopting somebody else’s.

  2. This resonates so much with where I live, in India. I love the place and it’s people but the indifference can wind me up. Stephen

      1. Only the disunited kingdom now known as ‘Coventry’ which frankly is full of idiots but keep it to yourself. Clearly I’m an expert on places I’ve lived and assume that people are perfect everywhere else.

          1. English humour, of course. My background, having worked in all sectors in U.K. with an interest in people’s behaviour and engaging them only to realise as I reach my mid 60s I have absolutely no idea Understanding of people’s behaviour. S

    1. Yeah – nothing is really anything unless you care about it. My Papa used to say that things are only worth as much as you are willing to give up for them.


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