I want to focus on something Noura said during tribal council: “The opposite of love is indifference, not hate.” That sounds counter-intuitive, yet also somehow true at the same time. What is going on here? I think Noura is right that love is the opposite of indifference, but it’s also the opposite of hate. It depends on the context.
Love and hate are both strong emotions about whether someone (or something) is necessary to make our personal world deeply right or wrong, whereas indifference is a lack of strong emotion. So if love and hate are considered only as strong emotions, then they are both the opposite of indifference.
However, within the context of strong emotions, love and hate can be the opposite of each other, even if they’re both the opposite of indifference. Anything can have a wide number of opposites depending on the context. If we want to get even more granular and take the context of human romantic attraction, love might be viewed as the opposite of a crush (even though a crush is also the opposite of both hate and indifference).
So Noura was wrong to insist that only one context matters when considering opposites. She might have been on stronger ground by claiming that “within the context of Survivor”, indifference is the opposite of love instead of hate. Which would become a different topic of discussion. Noura doesn’t seem to be big on nuance, though, so maybe I’m expecting a bit much.
By the way, all the kumbaya talk at the tribal council did a VERY good job of hiding any evidence of Kellee using her idol for a blindside. Kellee had a great poker face, all shocked and whispering, when Dean played the idol that she had given him. She kept it up even after Jack left the tribal area. She proved again how good a liar she is, just like when she came back from the Island of the Idols. Again, I think she will make a superb member of the financial industry with her MBA.