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The Opposite of Love is…

February 13, 2012 3 comments
The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”
-Elie Wiesel
This is one of my favorite quotes, but most people don’t really understand it. They’ll argue that hate is the opposite of love, but won’t understand where indifference fits in the picture. It can be difficult to quantify something as intangible as love, so I put together a diagram:
Every relationship in life can be placed somewhere along the circumference of this circle. For example, a stranger on the bus would be placed at 180 degrees in the indifference zone, while most friends would sit at around 90 degrees in the ‘like’ zone, and that annoying coworker that talks too much without listening would sit at around 270 degrees in the ‘dislike’ zone. Almost all romantic relationships enter the 0/360 Love/Hate zone, but I’ll expand on that later. As for the math, Love and Hate are measured in degrees or polar coordinates, while emotional intensity or ‘passion’ is measured along the x-axis in a cartesian coordinate frame (represented here by the intensifying color gradient from left to right).