Disturbed by silence — 2 Comments

  1. One of the things that struck me as odd about the tradition that had monks off on islands was it seemed so sprung up. The history as delivered in Ireland and for that matter the UK has no connection between places like Mont St Michel, St Michael’s Mount, Sceilig Mhichíl and the monasteries in the Sinai. But of course there is. And I expect that psalter found with papyrus in the covers about 10 years ago proves the links even if it’s held by the academics as ‘unproven’.
    I think loneliness is a terrible thing, but I believe there’s a difference between it and aloneness. I’ve seen friends who when their marriages were disintegrating entered a loneliness that was palpable entering the house. While I am generally alone and quite happy there. Even as a kid I dreamt of a cabin in the Canadian wilderness someplace on the eastern side of the Rockies miles from anybody. Of course nowadays I’d sensible call for the Andes for the wointers would’ve done me in in the snowy north.

    On the Sceilig Mhichíl thing. If they were thinking along the Mt Athos no females route they sure as shootin picked the wrong place and the wrong food source.

  2. I agree there is a difference between loneliness and isolation. My first days as a student in London were the loneliest in my life. Isolation fascinates me, but also conjures irrational fears.

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