Jason always tried to be self-sufficient. He liked to be by himself, work by himself, eat by himself, and sleep by himself.
People who knew Jason thought he was kind of selfish. He seemed to care only about himself. He kept to himself. He often talked to himself.
One day a casual acquaintance, Molly, came up to Jason and told him that she’d like to get to know him better. She thought it would be nice to spend some time with him. She suggested that they grab a cup of coffee together, or have lunch or dinner together, or see a movie together.
Jason declined all of Molly’s offers. She asked him why. “Why are you always by yourself, Jason?” Molly asked. “Don’t you want to share your life with anyone else? Aren’t you tired of being alone?”
“I am not alone,” Jason said. “I have very good friends to keep me company.”
“But I never see you with anyone else. You’re always by yourself. You’re always alone.”
“That’s not true,” Jason said. “I have my two best friends. They’re always with me.”
Molly was confused and concerned. “Jason, are you talking about invisible friends?” she asked.
“Oh no, Molly,” he said. “My friends and I are like the Three Musketeers. One for all and all for one.”
“I’d love for you to introduce me to them,” Molly said.
“Sure, no problem,” Jason responded. “We’re all here right now — me, myself, and I.”