The Opposite of Loneliness

One of the most impressive discoveries was the origin of the energy of the stars, that makes them continue to burn.

One of the men who discovered this was out with his girlfriend the night after he realized that nuclear reactions must be going on in the stars in order to make them shine.

She said “Look at how pretty the stars shine!” He said “Yes, and right now I am the only man in the world who knows why they shine.” She merely laughed at him. She was not impressed with being out with the only man who, at that moment, knew why stars shine.

Well, it is sad to be alone, but that is the way it is in this world.

Feynman Lectures in Physics, Vol. I, Chapter 3.4

I have been debating why I frequently refer to the title of late Yale author Marina Keegan’s famous essay, and now with a mistakenly set alarm clock (thanks next door neighbor!), I can debate some more.

Feeling lonely is my factory-default typical state and, in recent years, a private fear.

But in the larger picture of history and progress I’m not, I hope.

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