indifference - quotes and descriptions to inspire creative writing
The money-nexus requires emotional indifference, the love-nexus treats it as a gear heroes can switch in and out of as required for defence purposes. That's a huge difference and it determines aspects of neurological development and how our behavioural-response biology is triggered.
Emotional indifference itself isn't evil, there are times we need it as a valid form of defence from emotional abuse both in personal relationships or in dealing with others who intend to con, mislead or dominate through power. Emotional indifference is thus at times an acceptable response to protect the self. As with all things, however, it can be overused, and if that is the case then we are in danger of building a cold self capable of evil. Balance is key. The ability to "shift gears" in the brain according to the "terrain" is a sign of good health; an inability to shift back into loving empathy however is a sign of the opposite.
The opposite of love ain't hate, that's just a warped version of love itself, one that uses the same bit of the brain. Hate tells that once there was love and that love is still possible. Nah, the opposite of love is indifference. It's something cold that never stirs itself, never cries with passion; indifference ignores, abandons, acts as if the other doesn't matter at all. It is as cold as the void, an emptiness that cares not if the other suffers.