I was listening to a song called Three Dog Night. Not recently. You can say that this entry has been 4 years in the making. It's a song by the Beatles. The opening lyrics are:

One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do
Two can be as bad as one
It's the loneliest number since the number one

For the rest of the song the number 2 isn't mentioned and it's all about the number one being the loneliest number, which I can understand. But that opening line has always baffled me for some reason. How lonely is the number 2?

Is that a too minuscule a thing to be thinking about when listening to the song? If it is then I guess I'm a rather trivial person, but I can't help but focus on that one bit.

I started thinking about all the things that come in pairs and how handy they can be. 2 of shoes to go with 2 of feet. 2 of eyes to give a broader scope of vision. 2 ears.

Put 2 feet, hands eyes and ears and you get a person, give or take. I'd say a person is pretty damn important. I'm a person. Without those pairs I wouldn't be here.

Now pair me up with a great woman and it's a wonderful time. I'd hardly consider the group lonely, at least, if she's having a time herself.

Subtract that woman and pair me with someone to play some one on one basketball with. That's hardly a lonely time for either of us. In fact, that's good times. The back and forth, wiping the sweat that drips from my forehead. That's being alive.

Bring the woman back in and let us start a family. 1 (me) + 1 (her) = 1 more (a little one). Not only is two not lonely but adds to our group.

But then I see it's all a unit. the two shoes make one pair. The two players make one game. The two people make one couple. A group of people make a society. A planets a solar system A solar systems a universe.

We all make one. I guess two is lonely.

I think I just went around in a circle.