What I am trying to ask you, in my typical long-winded discussion/question, is that have you ever felt hope for mankind improving towards the path to good will? Are we ever going to be able to break down the social classes? Has that ever even happened. I know that when you found Amadeo, he was being treated absolutely cruelly by men “who were against God,” to quote his book. But when you were speaking with Lestat, I remember that you had such a great deal of optimism. But then, after you made Sybelle and Benji, your outlook changed. I know that you are probably as fickle as the rest of us, but are things ever going to get better for our world? Or are we just going to be forever enslaved by superiority and social classes?
I try to be an optimistic person, and I want to believe in the ability of humans as a whole to better themselves, to beautify their nature, and indeed it almost seemed possible once long ago. In the 15th to the 20th centuries, humanity appeared to me to be on the very precipice of critical evolution, of therein becoming great beyond any reach ever imagined before. Humanity seemed capable of ever more beautiful and good things. With the age of the rebirth and Renaissance appeared a humanity ready to ascend to greatness, though naturally not without its fits and pauses. There was still war and religious tumult, there was still slavery and ethnocentrism, and ugly blemishes on human nature, but it I felt that the more man looked to reason, the greater he (and she) would become. When I spoke to Lestat, I was in the midst of this thinking, this naive belief.
When the 20th century came, it came with war, destruction, and evil unimaginable. Humanity sank within the depths of horrific suspicion and hatred. Now we live in an age of selfishness, where people as a whole look only to the self. People have stopped giving and expect only to take and be given. No one cares anymore. The limitless potential of humanity has died. Humans as a whole have returned to a primitive state of survival obtained through selfishness, though they imagine themselves advanced, the very pinnacle of history, because they have mobile phones and computers. I cannot endure this blindness and ignorance, and I cannot endorse it positively.
I cannot maintain the same optimism I once carried. It is with no short measure of grief that I admit that I am no longer optimistic as I once was.