Enthusiasm And Apathy
Enthusiasm: Latin enthusiasmus -‘inspiration -, from Greek enthousiazein ‘be inspired or possessed by a god’.
In other words, to be determined.
But, inspired by which type of god/influencer?
A supramundane spirit, or one who fashions the mundane, material world?
One who brings an end to suffering, or one who creates it?
Enthusiasm is rich in abundance, where we see the point of life and value a clarity of mind free from clutter, where inspirations can arise. It is equated with empathy – the ability to share and feel another’s perspective.
The opposite of enthusiasm is apathy, where we don’t feel anything in situations. This can reveal signs of depression, low mood, feelings of guilt, hopelessness and despair.
Apathy: lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern, from Greek apathēs ‘without feeling’, from a- ‘without’ + pathos ‘suffering’.
Enthusiasm understands apathy,
but apathy cannot understand enthusiasm.
Good and evil both see the target,
and in between is confusion.