slothen wrote:you mean, although everyone in Shinji's class have dead mothers, Shinji, Asuka, and Touji are selected because they're that much more fucked up than the others in the class? interesting, but way out there.
Well, from Seele's perspective, it's perfect. The people who are best able to synchronize with Evas are also the people who have a steadfast determination to pilot, and who won't be missed as much if they die. Remember what was constantly being said in the final episodes?
"Why do you exist?" "To pilot the Eva."
"What's your purpose in life?" "Piloting Eva."
That's exactly what the higher-ups would want. Take the people whose only way of proving to themselves that they matter is to do exactly what you want them to. As long as that image is being fostered, that the pilots are just tools whose lives would be meaningless without fighting, you're set.
Remember when Shinji decided the first time that he wouldn't pilot the Eva anymore? They basically said, "Suit yourself, don't let the door hit you on the way out." Remember when Shinji refused to fight Unit 3 because he might have hurt the pilot? They threw him in handcuffs right away. Personal feelings and attachments are liabilities when you're an Eva pilot.