We look around and everywhere, plants, animals...even microbial organisms struggle to live and reproduce. What is the motivation? Why does an ant work so hard?

The bible says "go forth and multiply" and our goal is to get into heaven (and again, to live forever.) All the other life is here for us to use as we desire. It's a nice package that answers all of these question. I suspect that all religions and gods are really an attempt to answer this question.

Perhaps there is no motivation, except it is the nature of life to strive to continue. It is what we are, What all biologics simply ARE. We, who are "self aware" end up inventing fantastical purposes to simply be what we just are. Death is us failing to be what we are, especially death without reproduction. I am childless and sometimes people actually get very mad at me for that. To survive with limited resources, we do need to be more clever than to simply overpopulate the planet, because that would result in a collective failure. Perhaps human diseases and aging and maybe even wars are a built-In part of us that help temper the population explosion so that we may keep on "keepin' on".

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While I agree with a lot of your points Darwin says that the struggle is what is keeping these things alive in order to propagate the species and continue it's genetic diversity. 

But I guess the question is why.....Because life clings to this planet like mold on a piece of bread, it knows nothing more then this place and to do its thing to survive and continue, because much like a beach isn't going to miss the few pieces of sand stuck to your shoe...so the universe isnt going to miss us the human race if we were to die out. 

Were I disagree: Wars and disease are part of life yet the former wars need not to be...We need to be a many planet species so we can make it to the future enough to possibly meet aliens and warp drive and be a part of the universe and its laws and its gatherings and scatterings of the varying species and life within it.

But even if this life here is all there is... it still calls to me to learn as much about it as I can to study it to dissect it to improve it....

I was sure there had to be at least 1 day when there was no war going on at all across our species  across our bloody history. So far I haven't been able to determine when that was.

I just read in a history of the years before the European Enlightenment that for twelve years during the 1600s there were no wars.

I'm having trouble imagining that. But I wasn't there; I have to acknowledge its possibility.

But be careful. If you don't laugh, you will cry.

Maybe they were too busy burning witches at the stake and throwing cats off clock towers in order to purge their town of demons to bother with a war.

Yeah, why let a lack of evidence slow the story?

While I agree with a lot of your points Darwin says that the struggle is what is keeping these things alive in order to propagate the species and continue it's genetic diversity. 

Doesn't he say the opposite? Namely, that the struggle kills off individuals with disadvantageous traits in greater numbers than those with advantageous traits.

Gee, I wish wars weren't necessary. Maybe we should have stayed home instead of participating in WW2, though I doubt I'd like to be living in that world. I'm sure the Brits wouldn't.

Our DNA strives to continue....through all life on Earth.

It seems so. Does DNA have an agenda or a purpose?

Not in the sense you are asking...the "purpose" is to stay alive...

Odd behavior for creatures like microbes that are apparently not even aware they are alive. We take it for granted that life and living is "good" and has value (well most of us), but a jellyfish has no such concern, yet it goes on for millions of years. It mutates, adapts, survives, yet gets no enjoyment or self awareness even.

You assume...Are you a jelly fish? No ....See humans assume that just because it has no brain we know of it feels nothing...No sorry but we may never know what it feels because we are not them we did not come from them.

Odd behavior for creatures like microbes that are apparently not even aware they are alive.

...but a jellyfish has no such concern, yet it goes on for millions of years. It mutates, adapts, survives, yet gets no enjoyment or self awareness even.

Your evidence for those conclusions?

In anthropocentric delusions?

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