As I am looking back over the notes I took of our first readings I came across a passage that stuck out to me more reading through it this time. It is Genesis 11:1-"In all species, nature works to renew itself as it works to nourish itself, and to protect itself from danger." After thinking about that for a minute one thought stuck with me. Since the beginning of all life, every life form (big or small) has had the single goal of surviving. It is built into everything we do. We have so many built in survival mechanisms that we don't even have to think about. It is literally programmed into our DNA. So after realizing in a new light that our number one goal is survival, what implications do you think this has? If we have such a desire to live, yet most of the time we wonder about our purpose here on earth, how do those things mesh? It is clear that survival and continuation is our purpose, but why do some of us long for a sense of higher understanding or transcendence from our human state? Isn't the fact that we are alive in this current state miraculous enough? Just some questions for discussion. The thoughts might be a little strewn out, but I just got bombarded by my brain with all these thoughts and had to get them down before I forgot them. So what do you guys think? Is surviving and continuation of our species our most important purpose? Is it our only purpose? Also if by nature, Nature itself is constantly in the necessary process of creating new and letting old things die, why is it as humans we fear death and new beginnings so much? It seems to go against the flow of the natural course of things. I would love to hear some of your thoughts on these things.