Excerpted from the article Music That Is Never Heard by Ephraim Radner:
Solitary confinement is rightly viewed as the worst of living punishments, a place where self-expression is doomed to fail. Solitary confinement “cancels” the self, which is neither seen nor heard. Yet Carthusian monks have retreated to solitary cells in order to find, or at least offer up, their truest selves. The paradox is real. The self is meant for other people, surely. But the deepest part of ourselves is not. It is meant for God.
You can read the entire article online at FirstThings.com, HERE.