In a previous post, I discussed what love is and is not. Today, I want to discuss the opposite of love, apathy. Most people assume that hate is the opposite of love, but in reality apathy is. Dictionary.com defines apathy as:
absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement.
lack of interest in or concern for things that others find moving or exciting.
- freedom from emotion of any kind.
So where love is serving others no matter how you feel – controlling your emotions – apathy is having no emotions towards someone or something. A synonym for apathy is indifference.
Apathy is the worst thing that can be shown towards someone. When you have apathy towards someone, you don’t have any emotional attachment or concern for the needs of that person. Imagine how you would feel if someone showed absolutely no concern towards you. I don’t think you would enjoy the experience.
While hate and anger come and go – as do all emotions, apathy is devoid of emotion or concern, so it is constant. As we discussed in the post about love, even that comes and goes. At times, you it is easier to show love then other times. As a Christian, we directed to show love even when we don’t feel like it. To quote Matthew 22:37-40, “37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Apathy has no place in a Christians heart. It will hinder your walk with God.
Today’s society is littered with apathy. Examples include:
- Not voting
- Not helping others
- Demanding your way
- Not living your life to the fullest
While apathy is becoming common in our society, you can help by ensuring that you are not apathetic about anything. Search your life for areas of apathy and rid yourself of apathy. I believe this verse speaks of apathy, Revelation 3:16 “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”
I will end with a quote that I like concerning this subject by Horace Greeley “Apathy is a sort of living oblivion.”