The Illusion of Purpose in Evolutionary Theory

by practicalspactical

“What evolution teaches us is that it is all about procreation — that is our purpose.”

No, brother, there is no purpose to evolution, there is only pattern, and though the pattern of variation, life, and death has created a mirrored pattern of organisms good at and interested in procreation, it is not a purpose, only a pattern.

This desire for the continuation of our species, then, is not our essence, only a contingent accident (though this contingent accident may have been inevitable). What is our essence — only to continue living, and to avoid pain.