Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Indigenous Amazon man lives in open "solitary confinement"

Here’s a story on Slate about a middle-aged man, the last survivor of an indigenous tribe, living alone in a protected (from burning and logging and clearning) 31-square-mile area of the Amazon rain forest of Brazil. The story, “The Most Isolated Man on the Planet”, by Monte Reel, has link here.

I live in a world without conventional emotional commitment, but I can’t imagine life in what amounts to open solitary confinement.

What this man experiences is something like “The Road”, as if a catastrophe had destroyed every other human being in his community. This almost sounds the reverse of the “alien contact problem.”

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