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What's more terrifying

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Hate can be terrifying, truly it can, but think back throughout history (or even in today's time) when there has been so much hate, there not only has been so much love, but justice, community, fear, empowerment, discord, etc. Where there is hate, love is not its opposite that fights against it. Nor is hate the opposite to love, but the indifference that feels nothing, does nothing, is nothing to the love or hate, life or death. The indifference that cannot be moved, convinced, or inspired, that is what is truly terrifying. Elie Wiesel wrote: "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."

It is not the silent that are indifferent, and though we may not hear, their hearts could be screaming, it's just their voice may sound or act different than the majority's. That's what is so beautiful about humanity: our unique, though flawed, voices. Some are the waves that move the oceans, while others are the ripples; each move out affecting the next surrounding until it reaches the edge and the grains of sand or stems of the grass moves with it. Imagine a dried up cavity. No waves, no ripples, no affecting the next: that is indifference.

In a sense, this is our obligation: to keep our hearts speaking, even if for a time our mouths may say nothing, or if we yell from the front of a crowd. To strive to be affected and to affect, for the good, and to be consistently learning what "good" is. To see the importance in it all, from the unnoticed moments in life to the shocking life-shaking ones.

Simone Weil said: "The object of any obligation, in the realm of human affairs, is always the human being as such. There exists an obligation towards every human being for the sole reason that he or she is a human being, without any other condition requiring to be filled, and even without any recognition of such obligation on the part of the individual concerned."

And I do admit, there are times that emptiness, that life makes easy for indifference to seep in, poisoning us to believe there is nothing to life or even to death. Tricking us to believe that our heart is foolish and we the fool to listen. But this is what life and death is: the every moment we have to live out this life aloud or silent, just never empty.


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Transportation: João Jesus