“Parker Barnes was a singularity. He was alone on a planet of seven billion people. Walt Whitman wrote, “We are large, we contain multitudes.” Parker Barnes, to all who knew him, seemed that way, large, containing multitudes. There were many ways to view him—as an athlete and sailor, friend and companion, student and professional, and son. But for all his roles in life, for all his seeming multitudes, Parker Barnes was alone, in himself.
Einstein wrote, “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” And therein lay Parker Barnes’ problem. At each level of treachery to himself, he created an infinitely more complex problem, and he utterly lacked the ability to find a path out. For as he got older, each problem got more severe.”
– The Adored, written by Tom Connolly