In Terre des Hommes, his haunting book, so filled with dreams and hopes for the future, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry writes of how deeply moved he was when, flying for the first time by night alone over Argentina, he happened to notice a few flickering lights scattered below him across an almost empty plain. They "twinkled here and there, alone like stars."
.... In truth, being made aware of our own solitude can give us
insight into the solitude of others. It can even cause us to gravitate
towards one another as if to lessen our distress. Without this
inevitable solitude, would there be any fusion at all, any tenderness
between human beings.
Moved as he was by a heightened awareness of the solitude of all
creation and by the human need for solidarity, Saint-Exupéry found a
phrase to express his anguish and his hope that was as simple as it was
rich in meaning