It can rightly be said that many people feel isolated at the moment. Even if keeping your distance is the best way to show your love for others, when humans are social animals by nature and everyone lacks a little human contact. However, there were times in history when people were separated from others, either at their own choice or very against their will. Long or long distances, here are ten of the most isolated people who have ever lived.
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10 Simeon Stylites
Modern Saints are generally viewed as those who go out in community and help others and the supernatural through their heroic endeavors to improve life of people to express. The criteria for holiness in ancient times were often very different. Early saints completely renounced this world.
One of the ways that saints did this was to avoid society as much as possible. Monasteries in the desert enabled like-minded religious people to live free from the temptations of the world. For some it was too much to have others near them. Simeon Stylites moved towards the divine by literally moving away from the world – he lived on a pole for decades.
There was a fashion for Christians who lived on poles [or stylos – meaning pillar in Greek]. Simeon received a vision from God when he was young, in which he asked him to build a high pillar. At first he moved to a monastery, but was expelled for his habit of tying a rope around his waist. This caused the meat to rot and stink, which angered the other monks.
Next he became a hermit on a mountain, but soon crowds came to see the holy man. To escape them, he erected his pillar and moved to the top for the next 36 years. However, the sight of a man on a pillar proved too tempting for the crowd, and more people came to see him. Over the years, he increased the height of his new home to further distance himself from the people below. He was immediately declared a saint when he died. 
9 Blanche Monnier
Blanche Monnier never intended to live a life of confiscation. Born into a wealthy French family in 1849, she had all the gifts of money and beauty. Unfortunately, she also had the cruelest mother you can imagine. In 1874, when she was 25, Blanche announced to her mother that she wanted to get married. Her choice of husband, a mere lawyer, was not approved by Madame Monnier. To force Blanche to change her mind, Madame Monnier locked Blanche in a tiny room in the attic of the family home. Blanche's mother and brother continued to live a normal life, while Blanche lived in misery upstairs.
Madame Monnier apparently believed that Blanche would give up her decision to marry alone after some time to think, but she never did. And so her mother never released her. Blanche spent the next 25 years in her attic. In 1901, an anonymous letter to the authorities revealed Blanche's living conditions and the house was searched. Blanche lived in her own filth and hardly weighed more than 25 kg.
Her rescuers found out: “The unfortunate woman was lying completely naked on a lazy straw mattress. A crust of excrement, fragments of meat, vegetables, fish and rotten bread formed all around them. We also saw oyster shells and beetles running across Mademoiselle Monnier's bed. The air was so breathless, the smell emanating from the room was so high that it was impossible for us to stay longer to continue our investigation. “
Blanche was saved from being isolated, but remained ill and mentally unbalanced, and died in hospital in 1913. 
8 Julian von Norwich
Isolation isn't always that extreme. Some people in history have practiced some form of social isolation that doctors may want more people to follow during this pandemic. Julian von Norwich, who lived in the 14th century, was able to keep away from people, but also to maintain relationships with others.
In the Middle Ages, one way for people to show their devotion to God was to become Anchorite. This included building a room next to a church where they could literally be walled in. Nobody could get into or out of the anchor's chamber. Sometimes a rite similar to a funeral service was held when the anchorite was walled in to show that they were now dead to the world. The only holes in the outside world were those through which the anchorite could see the altar in the church, receive communion, and bring food. The meal hatch could also allow visitors to speak to the detained person.
In 1413, another religious woman, Margery Kempe, visited Julian. “Then our gentleman asked her to go to an anchor in the same city, called Lady Julian. And so she did it … and lots of wonderful revelations that she revealed to the anchor to determine if they were being cheated on, because the anchor was an expert in such matters and could give good advice on the matter. “
Both women became fundamental in the history of English literature when Margery wrote the first autobiographical text in English and Julian was the first author of any kind in English whose work has been preserved. One of the messages Julian received from God may be a comfort at the moment. "Everything will be fine and everything will be fine and everything will be fine." 
7 Robert Falcon Scott (maybe)
We live in a world that has been almost completely researched. There are few places we can go that no one has ever gone to. At the beginning of the 20th century, however, there were still empty spots on maps and a mania that was developed for exploration. Robert Falcon Scott, known as Scott of the Antarctic, was a British hero for his South Pole adventure.
On his first exploration of the Antarctic, his team reached further south than ever before. On the second trip, he realized his dream of reaching the South Pole – but with tragic consequences. When his team of five reached pole, they found that a rival team led by Roald Amundsen had beaten them there by five weeks. Scott's diary recorded the team's depressed feelings. "Great God! This is a terrible place."
On the way back to their ship, one team member collapsed and died. Another, Captain Oates, felt that the mission was slowing down and set off on his own the cold to spare the others. He went out with celebrated British understatement. "I'm going outside now and can be some time."
The rest of the team continued, but blizzards slowed their progress. Within 12 miles of They couldn't go on with a supply depot. It is not known who was the last survivor of their hike, but whoever it was must have felt very alone. Scott's diary ends with a message to the person who found her. "Last Entry. For God's sake, take care of our people. “
6 Unknown Amazon Indian
In 1996, the Brazilian government was made aware of a lonely Amazon Indian who lives in the forest. There are many indigenous tribes in the Amazon, but what made this man different was that he seemed to be on his own all the time. The researchers discovered several of the man's huts – all with deep rectangular holes. This is not something that any other tribe has ever seen.
When a piece of forest was cleared, the remains of a village with fourteen huts were discovered. All of them had the same holes in them. The researchers concluded that this man was the last of his people.
No contact was made with the man, although video recordings were made of him. Whenever loggers got too close, he moved to a new hut in the forest. An attempt by the lumberjack to speak to him ended up with the Indian shooting an arrow into another's chest. It is Brazilian politics not to force contact on tribes who do not want this. It looks like this man will continue to live alone. 
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5 Fernão Lopes
Fernao Lopes, a Portuguese soldier from the 16th century, led a very famous life. He took part in the conquest of Goa and was responsible for the Portuguese garrison. These men were soon attacked and many went over to the enemy. Lopes married a local woman and converted to Islam. When the next Portuguese force arrived, they brutally retaliated against Lopes and others. Lopes was bound and chopped off his nose, ears, right arm and left thumb. The mutilated lopes were later pardoned by his king, but on the way back to Portugal he jumped on the lonely island of Saint Helena in the middle of the Atlantic.
Saint Helena was uninhabited, but occasionally visited ships to pick up fresh water and leave supplies for return trips. Lopes settled in a small cave and hid from passing ships. When a crew accidentally discovered his home, Lopes got a new, unexpected friend. "Then the ship set off and when she spread her sails a rooster fell overboard and the waves carried him to the shore, and Lopes caught him and fed him some rice that they had left behind for him. "The chicken lived with Lopes and followed him around.
Lopes lived alone for ten years before returning to Europe, where the Pope granted him forgiveness for converting to Islam and his wish to return to St. Helena. Lopes died there twenty years later alone. 
4 Marguerite de la Rocque
There are probably better places to settle than a place called "The Island of Demons", but here is the one 16th century French noblewoman Marguerite de la Rocque was for several years, born as a wealthy woman, her estate was held together with a relative named Jean-Francois de Roberval, who, it seems, did not want to share Appointed governor of an area called New France, better known to us as Canada, he sailed to the New World and took Marguerite with him.
For some reason, Mague became rite left on the Isle of Demons when they reached America. Some reports say Roberval was scandalized because she was pregnant by one of the passengers. Others say Roberval wanted sole control of their common country. Either way, Maguerite, her lover and a maid remained on the island. In a short time the man, the maid and then Maguerite's baby died. But Maguerite survived. She persisted for two years before being rescued by fishermen and returning to France.
Roberval had no consequences for his actions, but was eventually beaten to death by a mob who was upset with his Protestant religion. 
3 Tom Neale
Most people trapped on a desert island did so after a shipwreck or an angry crew leaving. Tom Neale was one of the few who actively sought isolation by moving to an uninhabited island. He spent a lot of time in the Navy touring the Pacific before leaving to explore the islands there. His life changed when he heard stories from an atoll called Suwarrow.
In 1952, he convinced a ship that Suwarrow would pass to drop him off there with some supplies as two cats. When local islanders heard of his plans to move there, they offered help with equipment and sometimes more. Several women offered to accompany him, but he politely declined their offers.
He stayed on the island for several years, but a bad back forced him to go to get treatment. He returned, but when pearl divers occasionally came to visit, the island no longer felt far enough away. He also claimed that the "prevailing reason [for leaving] was a very simple one. I realized I was getting on, and the prospect of lonely death didn't appeal to me very much. “
His attempts to live with others did not last long. He found many parts of modern life annoying like watches and pants. In 1967 he returned to Suwarrow, where he lived alone for ten years before stomach cancer led to his death. 
2 Thomas Silverstein
If solitary confinement is imposed on a prisoner, this can be done either to protect them or to protect guards and other inmates. It can also be a punishment for forcing good behavior. Thomas Silverstein became a legend in the American prison system when he was locked up alone for the last 36 years of his life. Some will say that he deserves it, others will feel that he has been punished in a cruel and unusual way.
He was first jailed for a robbery that only earned him a few hundred dollars, but once behind bars he was never to be released. He joined the Aryan Brotherhood of White Nationalists in prison and participated in the murder of other inmates. For this he received additional life sentences. After the murder of a correction officer, Silverstein was put in solitary confinement and was to receive "no human contact". He was held in a windowless underground cell until he was released in a prison riot.
After the order was restored, Silverstein was again put in solitary confinement with minimal freedom of movement. A lawsuit was instituted on his behalf and found that what he was going through was unconstitutional. However, since other prisoners were put in solitary confinement, Silverstein's treatment was judged to be legal. He died in 2019, long before his theoretical publication date of 2095. 
1 Alfred Worden
We are currently sharing our planet with 7.5 billion other people. There is only so far that you can ever really get away from someone else. To achieve real isolation, you have to go upstairs. Most astronauts never leave Earth's orbit, so they are only a few tens of kilometers in the sky and even have companions on their travels. Alfred Weston, who remained in the Apollo 15 command module, was described as the most isolated person ever.
While his fellow astronauts were walking on the surface of the moon, he remained in orbit. When the module went to the opposite side of the moon, it was 3,600 km away, not to mention 390,000 km from everyone else. While the moon was between him and every other human in existence, Worden couldn't even receive radio messages. He was completely alone – not that he cared.
"I was alone, but I was not lonely. My background was as a fighter pilot in the Air Force, then as a test pilot – and that was mostly in fighter planes – so I was very used to being alone. I really enjoyed it. I didn't have to speak to Dave and Jim anymore … I didn't even have to speak to Houston on the back of the moon, and that was the best part of the flight. “ 
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