Are you familiar with the alternative ending to the movie "I Am Legend". If not, watch it here.
OK, that's makes a lot more sense than the original ending in the film. Apparently it also more closely aligns with the book. Throughout the movie you are carried along thinking Neville is acting noble. You don't consider the story from the perspective of the beings that he is capturing, performing experiments that lead to many deaths. These creatures are intelligent. They created an elaborate trap that snared Neville. You never think about the horror they feel when they wake up in the morning and discover that Neville has captured another family member, or perhaps driven a stake into a loved one's heart.
In the final scene where the creatures descend on his home, it's not because they are hungry and want to eat him. They want to save the woman he has captured. Neville is legend because he is their bogeyman. He is the one that comes and snatches them when they sleep, then kills them. This is the whole point of the book.
Coming to this fresh realization of what the whole story was about reminds me of the realization I came to about US interventionism. I thought of Muslim terrorists as zombie like crazed savages that can't be reasoned with. Thinking about things from their perspective as they watch children starve in Iraq, or as dictators were imposed on them that murdered them freely, just didn't occur to me. The US is Robert Neville, bravely doing experiments on others to fix them in the way we think they should be, and the pain endured by the people that need the fixing is not really a consideration.
Will our country be the stuff of legend in a few centuries? Was there really a country that actively attempted to undermine any means of curbing environmental catastrophe all so certain insanely rich people could be even more rich? Did they really impose dictators throughout the world so corporations could send enormous profits to stockholders while preventing the people that did the work from getting more than 31 cents an hour? Did their justice department really drive people to suicide for daring to provide information freely to impoverished people free of charge and at the same time wine and dine banksters at the White House that funnel money to terrorists and enrich themselves by crashing the overall economy? Did they refuse to punish tortuers and punish exclusively the people that tried to inform the public of the torture? Later generations will find it hard to believe.
What's also hard to believe is that at the time so many people cheered this on and genuinely thought it was the right thing to do. They praised the sweatshop owners, the economists that provided the intellectual foundation for banksters and third world dictators, and said that the real villains were the people that tried to make the planet hospitable for future generations, or the people that work to prevent the wars. We will be legends. It's so depraved future generations may conclude that really it's all a myth.