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.

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  • Ironaddict06

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

  • Ironaddict06

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

  • Andrew

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

    Respect as sadism?

  • Andrew

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

    Respect as sadism?

  • GoodDoktorBad

    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.

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Haystack

    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

      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.

  • Haystack

    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.

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  • Juggalojesse2000

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

  • Juggalojesse2000

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

  • SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN

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

  • SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN

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

  • manitoidman

    Awesome…we need a DNA sample!!

  • Anonymous

    Awesome…we need a DNA sample!!

  • Assholeoy

    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.