Alone as I’ve always been everywhere

“I am alone, sitting facing the grey expanse of the shifting sea… I am alone… alone as I’ve always been everywhere, as I’ll always be throughout this seductive and deceptive universe… alone, with a whole world of dashed hopes, disappointment and disillusion behind me, and of memories that grow daily more distant, almost losing all reality.

I am alone, and I dream…”

The Nomad: The Diaries of Isabelle Eberhardt.

Hedgehog’s dilemma

“The hedgehog’s dilemma, or sometimes the porcupine dilemma, is an analogy about the challenges of human intimacy. It describes a situation in which a group of hedgehogs all seek to become close to one another in order to share heat during cold weather. They must remain apart, however, as they cannot avoid hurting one another with their sharp quills. Though they all share the intention of a close reciprocal relationship, this may not occur for reasons they cannot avoid.”