Friday, August 09, 2013

Salute thyself; see what thy soul doth wear

Episode Two

…and this is today.

It's not always easy to maintain a sense of wonder, thinks Atom as he jostles, and is jostled by the river of people that runs through the Great Station Hall.
With numbers this high there is no space for anything but automation. It astounds him that nobody actually sees anyone else, intent as they are on the DESTINATION, intent on escape.
Atom often cannot decide whether to admire or despise them.
But surely, he wonders, they are not all suffering the same dread, the same meaninglessness of it all.
To be alone is not the same as solitude, he surmises, since these people, this river of blank expressions, are, each-and-very-one of them at this very moment, alone.

See Mad Scientist’s Notebook (Entry No 1.1)


Harlequin said...

I'll take Atom's sense of wonder over most folks' anxious apartness any day.....
like the distinction between alone and solitude. nice.

Garth said...

Harlequin: being alone in a crowd is perhaps the loneliest place to be.