The Loneliest Man In The World

100820_DIS_Brazil_EXThis past month Slate wrote about the “most isolated man on the planet,” the sole remaining member of an Amazonian tribe, living a solitary existence in the jungle. Obviously, dozens of people may be choosing to live in remote locations by themselves — the difference is that this man’s isolation is not a conscious decision. Rather than seeking contact, Brazilian authorities are managing the surrounding area so as to prevent outside influence from disrupting his way of life — the whole scenario is slightly Truman Show-esque.

The most isolated man on the planet will spend tonight inside a leafy palm-thatch hut in the Brazilian Amazon. As always, insects will darn the air. Spider monkeys will patrol the treetops. Wild pigs will root in the undergrowth. And the man will remain a quietly anonymous fixture of the landscape, camouflaged to the point of near invisibility.

That description relies on a few unknowable assumptions, obviously, but they’re relatively safe. The man’s isolation has been so well-established—and is so mind-bendingly extreme—that portraying him silently enduring another moment of utter solitude is a practical guarantee of reportorial accuracy.

He’s an Indian, and Brazilian officials have concluded that he’s the last survivor of an uncontacted tribe. They first became aware of his existence nearly 15 years ago and for a decade launched numerous expeditions to track him, to ensure his safety, and to try to establish peaceful contact with him. In 2007, with ranching and logging closing in quickly on all sides, government officials declared a 31-square-mile area around him off-limits to trespassing and development.

19 Comments on "The Loneliest Man In The World"

  1. Ironaddict06 | Sep 17, 2010 at 7:46 pm |

    All that’s missing is cameras to show his every move.

  2. Ironaddict06 | Sep 17, 2010 at 3:46 pm |

    All that’s missing is cameras to show his every move.

  3. The man is not isolated by choice, so nobody’s allowed within 31 miles of him?

    Respect as sadism?

  4. The man is not isolated by choice, so nobody’s allowed within 31 miles of him?

    Respect as sadism?

    • Nobody who may be carrying diseases to which he doesn’t have immunity, nobody who may want to exploit the resources on which he lives, is allowed near him.

  5. Anonymous | Sep 17, 2010 at 8:57 pm |

    This man needs a mate. Any tribal hotties lookin for a date?
    Actually, they probably don’t really want the man to breed. I’m sure they’ll want to exploit the land eventually. One man alone will die off eventually.

  6. GoodDoktorBad | Sep 17, 2010 at 4:57 pm |

    This man needs a mate. Any tribal hotties lookin for a date?
    Actually, they probably don’t really want the man to breed. I’m sure they’ll want to exploit the land eventually. One man alone will die off eventually.

  7. I hope he sits down with an anthropologist before he dies. His tribe probably existed for hundreds or even thousands of years, and they’ll probably die out without anyone having idea of who they were and what their culture was like.

  8. I hope he sits down with an anthropologist before he dies. His tribe probably existed for hundreds or even thousands of years, and they’ll probably die out without anyone having idea of who they were and what their culture was like.

    • Assholeoy | Feb 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm |

      i say leave the man alone. im proud that such a step is being taken to perserve the natural order of mothers nature inhabitants…the last thing we need is to make the last natural surviving humans species into some dumb disorderly walmart shopping type of fuck u get here all over america. mans probably happy as he is.

  9. Juggalojesse2000 | Sep 19, 2010 at 8:15 pm |

    sometimez stuff like this makez me think a lil too hard… really tho… i mean .. woahh

  10. Juggalojesse2000 | Sep 19, 2010 at 4:15 pm |

    sometimez stuff like this makez me think a lil too hard… really tho… i mean .. woahh

  11. SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN | Sep 29, 2010 at 6:13 am |

    Unreal, thats freakin amazizing. I hope no one bothers him.

  12. SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN | Sep 29, 2010 at 2:13 am |

    Unreal, thats freakin amazizing. I hope no one bothers him.

  13. Anonymous | Oct 8, 2010 at 11:32 pm |

    Awesome…we need a DNA sample!!

  14. manitoidman | Oct 8, 2010 at 7:32 pm |

    Awesome…we need a DNA sample!!

  15. Assholeoy | Mar 1, 2011 at 12:46 am |

    i say leave the man alone. im proud that such a step is being taken to perserve the natural order of mothers nature inhabitants…the last thing we need is to make the last natural surviving humans species into some dumb disorderly walmart shopping type of fuck u get here all over america. mans probably happy as he is.

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