I’m not sure that I’m able to ask this question very clearly, but I hope you will get the gist of what I mean.
Basically, why do we feel the need to reproduce?
The desire to reproduce is arguably one of the most fundamental and strongest instincts we have, but why? I know we do, but why exactly do we care if we leave children behind? Why is this such an important thing for us when there don’t seem to be many benefits to ourselves individually?
The only thing I can think of is that as we get older, we may need children to look after us, but is this enough to explain why we each individually care so instinctively about the survival and advancement of the species after we die? Wouldn’t a simpler idea to perform the same tasks (from whatever-started-life’s point of view) have been to work on not getting weaker as we age, or on living forever?
Please note I am not trying to argue for any religious ends (other than it is nicer to think everything doesn’t just end when we die) but do things like this point towards ideas like reincarnation, or consciousness after death?
What are your thoughts?
Apologies if this has been debated before, but it is a rather difficult subject to perform a search on.
P.S. I kept wanting to use the word “evolution” throughout this post, but I suppose evolution couldn’t really have had anything to do with coming up with the reproduction idea seeing as it relies on it from the start!