“The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.” – Jean Giraudoux
Daily Nugget of Gold 1429
When we are tempted to think about life, the universe, and everything, we sometimes come up with some wild thoughts. No, we don’t come to the conclusion that the answer is 42 (Thanks Douglas Adams, anyhow) ; if only it were that simple! Seriously, there are staples of life which may have us tending to believe that they are the central purpose of living. Procreation is one such thing- and if we apply a bit of deep thought into it we’re guided to some conclusions which may or may not be true. It certainly seems like “the survival of the species” as it were, is paramount, but why? Why does not the survival of the individual count for more in nature?
Oddly enough, when we become conscious individuals who realize our own free will, we at almost once begin to feel the tug on us to reproduce. Sex is a strong motivator and we seem to be wired in such a way that we cannot ignore the urge for gratification of it, and this is as true in the animal kingdom as it is with humans, and for that matter- plants and trees! Do we think that a mighty oak tree has nothing else to do than put out flowers each year for bees to pollinate so that it can produce a million acorns in order that maybe one or two can survive and reach maturity to do the same? Seems like a heck of a lot of work, doesn’t it?
So important is reproduction that virtually everything we do has some connection with it. If we look at the way we dress, what we confine ourselves to eat, the effort we make on our appearance, what we drive, and where we live- almost all of it has root in our goal of reproducing. Even people who can’t have kids respond to much of it, if you think about it. Why? What is the permanent benefit to the individual that the species survives? Why do we sacrifice so much of our time and energy on this one thing if there is no reward for us after we’re gone? Oh, wait- if you believe in God, that might be a reason- but what of animals and plants? What’s motivating them to tie up huge amounts of work and resources just to reproduce?
Sometimes we think we when look at the rather obvious things about life and begin to question why it is that way, we may actually be closer to understanding the deeper questions like, “Why are we here?” and “What shall we do?”, and even perhaps, “What happens next?” and “Where will we go?”. Think about that next time you sip on a diet cola!
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What is my mission in life and how can I begin that journey?”
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