Love and hate — a too simple, or too familiar, vocabulary, and so never quite the right names for what we might want to say — are the common source, the elemental feelings with which we apprehend the world; and they are interdependent in the sense that you can’t have one without the other, and that they mutually inform each other. The way we hate people depends on the way we love them, and vice versa. And given that these contradictory feelings are our ‘common source’ they enter into everything we do. They are the medium in which we do everything. We are ambivalent, in Freud’s view, about anything and everything that matters to us; indeed, ambivalence is the way we recognize that someone or something has become significant to us… Where there is devotion there is always protest… where there is trust there is suspicion. – Adam Phillips
Where There Is Devotion There Is Always Protest
by Rudri | May 25, 2016 | Thursday Musing | 2 comments
I love this quote! I am constantly confronted with this type of ambivalence. It’s definitely a sign that something matters to me.
I love the way you set the context. Ambivalence is uncomfortable, but sometimes means more than we realize.