You say you would have hope, I am wondering if that hope is connected to the existance of others. I mean you say you would have hope but how can you say that for sure.
What if hope is connected to whether or not there is another person alive for your hope to exist? I guess I don't really make sense.
I don't believe that hope exists because people exist. It is an emotion, like love, hate, remorse, sympathy, etc. Given my original scenario, then the emotion of hope may not be realized. But, I don't think that would be the case either. Whether it is the "caveman" or "modern man", hope will exist in and of itself - if nothing else, because of basic needs such as food. You had (found) food today. When you are hungry again, you will begin to hope you will find food once more, especially if you have missed a meal or two. Hope is an emition brought on by any number of things, including the existence of other people, but not exclusively because of their existence. Very few, if any, emotions are directly the result of human interaction. They maybe for us because we have had human contact from the moment we were born. But, that contact is not the sole reason for hope or any other "feelings" we experience.