Life, according to the secular person, is all about passing on your genes. All the striving for survival, all the fighting to have offspring – all of it is to ensure your DNA code is preserved throughout the ages. Those with genes coding for traits that enhance survival get passed down to more offspring over the generations, by the very virtue of the organism avoiding death that much longer than its peers. This is survival of the fittest, the very basis of evolution, occurring without any intelligence or specific direction according to the secularist.
While the How of evolution is constantly being researched, debated and improved, there remains another poignant question that pops up every now and then – Why?
Saprophytic mushrooms are fungi, that grow from tiny spores as they digest and absorb dead organic matter – plants, trees, your wooden bathroom door frame. They exist to break down organic matter into its component parts, spread their spores, and repeat the cycle. WHY?
Cicadas live for years as an subterranean larval form, to finally burst out into the skies as a noisy adult – with no digestive system, and to die within the next few days after having mated and laid the eggs of the next generation. To what purpose?
Bacteria consume and multiply and spread, from one to two to four to sheer billions. For what end?
I mean, just think about it – organisms live and mutiply and breed and die, just to make more of themselves and continue their genetic legacy. BUT WHY???
The sheer pointlessness of it all! Why should DNA even have the ‘drive’ to preserve and mutiply itself – or is it just a wildly improbable coincidence that certain combinations of molecules would happen to have self-replication as a trait? Why should they replicate themselves and build up living organic bodies for the sole purpose/coincidence of replicating more of themselves and their associated genes?
It recalls the refrain of Ecclesiastes: “Meaningless! Meaningless! Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”
(Actually this post is more of the Why of Life, but all the above were evolved to the present point.)
See related at 7 Biology Myths an Electrical Engineer Would Never Tolerate and Sin Theory of Evolution, which purpose a purpose to evolution.