23 May 2017

The need to breed

Flowers exist because they successfully attract insects, apparently. Insects are attracted to feed, and inadvertently help to set and spread the seed, apparently. The seed is the reason for the plant, the weed, and the plant the reason for the seed, apparently. I pause and look because the flower pleases me, apparently. But why, beneath this sunny sky, do I like the flower so much? Is it because creatures that enjoyed what nature has to offer were more bothered to survive, and reproduce, and spread their own seed? One way or another it is all about the need to breed, apparently. To live and feed, to seed and breed.



5 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

An interesting thought.
As a non breeder I wonder what my role is?

Andrew said...

Evolution, which is what I was on about, is a "big picture" game. We are each tiny details worthy of barely a pixel in the biggest picture on Earth, and beeders and non-breeders are all part of the mix that mixes and moves on.

Andrew said...

The evolutionary significance of the non-breeders, overall, in the big picture, lies in the reasons for the non-breeding, which are many; but breeding and non-breeding have both had and continue to have, an impact, each of us individually insignificant but collectively crucial, as in each election - topical here in UK - where no single vote makes any difference, but the fact that we all vote is crucial. Voters and non-voters each have a tiny individually insignificant impact over the hugely significant whole. I mix metaphors less effectively than nature mixes genes, obviously.

Andrew said...

Most seeds, after all, never germinate; most sperm never make it to an egg; and that erratic aspect of how things proceed is essential in determining how things proceed, overall.

susan said...

Still and all, the process is most pleasing to witness.