Indifference

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photo by Grady

Every so often I have come across someone who practices the Art of Indifference… and believe me, it is an Art.  I wonder to myself if this is something that they have learned along Life’s way, from a parent or has it been there within the very core of their beings right from the start? Out of all the emotions, I think indifference is the most calculating of them all. Only when you are on the receiving end of indifference do you feel the impact of its power. We can overcome anger, we can change attitudes with love but as long as indifference stands in our way, nothing will change. The person who holds indifference close to their heart in the end, has no heart.

5 thoughts on “Indifference

  1. earthwalking13 April 22, 2018 / 11:00 pm

    Does indifference count as an motion or is the lack of all emotion – that’s kind of scary

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    • Grady April 23, 2018 / 10:11 am

      That is very interesting! I always took it as not being an emotion, however, as I have gone through life I have decided if not an emotion then this ‘deliberate indifference’ must be created by spite or malice, perhaps revenge of sorts. The deliberate withholding of affection, that intent to punish by ignoring or showing a lack of interest. There are so many forms of indifference that surely emotion must drive Indifference? Then I came upon this quote which, to me, made absolute sense. “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.

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      • earthwalking13 April 23, 2018 / 10:26 am

        Great quote! And you are right, if the indifference is deliberate and designed to provoke, there must be an intent element. So indifference, depending on the motivation is something different than detachment

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  2. Amir May 1, 2018 / 7:20 am

    “A man’s vanity is more fragile that you might think. It’s easy for us to mistake shyness for coldness, and silence for indifference.” ― Lisa Kleypas, Devil in Winter

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