I insist on capitalizing Companionship, while for loneliness I use a lower-case “l”. And yet, loneliness is not at all lowly or mundane. Perhaps in doing so I cast it out, this heinous circumstance. But then again isn’t companionship also an illness?
And what if these two words are not antonyms of each other? What if the two ideas don’t have – or need – antonyms at all?
They stand alone because they are absolute. Like tongues that lick, like chains that clench.