No wonder he was frightened!
By contrast Henry Thoreau said, when asked if he wasn't lonely out there by his lake in Walden woods: "Why should I feel lonely? is not our planet in the Milky Way?" Unlike his French predecessor, our transcendentalist was at home in the universe (and New England).
And then there's Calvin's take. Risk analysis is cynically enterprising:
It's really hard to stop looking at these.