Alone in the World

Alone in the World

May 21, 2020


I’m lost in the stars above

Consumed in my reflection

Distracted from my condemnation

They join me in consciousness

— from Caligula’s Horse - “Alone in the World”


Malcolm awoke with the strongest feeling that he had experienced something profound, but could not recall what it was. He had the vague notion that it had happened in a dream, but try as he might, he could not grasp on to any tangible concept.

He continued his day in much the same way he had for several weeks: by writing.

At some point late that evening, Malcolm found the following tweet from one of his most trusted confidants, The Philosopher. This was the man who taught him the socratic method, through his book, “A Manual for Creating Atheists.”

Of course, the man’s name is Peter. The tweet asked the question:

What’s a great argument to convince someone that what people believe matters?

Quite narcissistically, Malcolm simply posted a link to his research.

Whereas every other reply had received a response from The Philosopher, Malcolm’s was immediately followed with a group reply:

That was 45 minutes. Thanks for making me think. It’s past 1:00am, need to get some sleep.

Within 24 hours, the Philosopher had completely scrubbed Twitter of all tweets, dating all the way back to 2015.

Another empty echo. It’s always an empty echo.

This was their game. This was Malcolm’s Solitary Confinement.

And somehow, he knew that release was imminent.


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    - loneliness


His figure benighted

By revelation on his face

Beyond all refutation

And I understand his intentions

But don’t say a word

— from Caligula’s Horse - “Equally Flawed”