I think love, hate, and fear are all related in that they are all very strong, and someone has to have a lot of influence on a person to evoke any one of the three. Indifference is the opposite of all of them--because to be indifferent you have to not care at all.
I believe the opposite of love is indifference! When you could care less about someone then there is the absence of passion or concern. Simply put they are not in your thoughts or heart in any form. Both hate and fear require you to (feel) something or experience some type of "emotion" connection when you think about or see the individual.
Indifference on the other hand suggests a person doesn't exist.
Based upon personal experiences/observations gathered throughout my 23 years on planet Earth, I've concluded that the noun/verb/adjective "Love" has only one true opposite, and that's the sneaky destroyer of worlds known as "Apathy". The emotion "Hate" can't be the opposite of Love since it's almost always the direct result of the disrespect/destruction of (Group 1) something "loved" [insert-noun] by those (Group 2) who "love" someone/something different; They (Group 2) then show this "love" by hating anything that has the potential to disrupt the bond between the lover (Group 2) and the loved [insert-noun].
Regarding "fear", it's easy to see that there are countless scenarios in-which people experience love and fear simultaneously on a daily basis. Fashion generates mixed emotions from it's partakers, especially from those who participate for 100% superficial reasons. These people get off to the genuine fear of being persecuted for flamboyantly distasteful fashion choices, while at the same time they bask in the attention generated by their appearance.
Apathy, on the other hand, is the only true opposing force to Love. Unless someone specifically "loves apathy", much like the one guy who "loves mosquitos" or "loves losing scratch-off tickets", there really isn't a scenario where Love and Apathy aren't on the polar opposite sides of one another. There's never been a success story of a driven person who loves something with all their heart, but approaches it with overwhelming apathy in-order to make sure they fulfill their dream, mainly because it's impossible to succeed at something you don't care about, take Tiger Woods' marriage for example. If Tiger wasn't apathetic about the disaster-prone loose ends regarding the hundreds of women he "encountered" throughout his career, maybe his net worth wouldn't have dropped from $1 Billion + to a measly $900 Million +. The point I'm trying to make is if you TRULY love anyone/any goal/anything, you must devote 100% of yourself towards sustaining/accomplishing whatever it is your heart is set on. Anything less than 100% is nothing more than lying to yourself and to whom/whatever you devote your love towards.
I think in a way, fear is love's cousin, but hate is the opposite of love.
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