we aren't born to die....we were born to pass on genes....we are a huge chemical reaction gone horribly out of control
however there is hope. We have developed technology capable of propergating data via books, the internet etc etc.....these are called memes. Once we have technology to make use of this data....we will become obsolete....but who likes the thought of that anyway!
no not a virus.....now you're getting silly. We are a chemical reaction. Look at it this way.
There are a certain number of resources available on the planet (i.e a certain number of atoms). There are lots of reactions that can take place. What are the most common atomic configurations? Well any chemical reaction which causes further propogation of the same reaction is no doubt going to result in lots of the same chemical configuration. This first happened in the formations of clay and such...the creation of clay propogated more clay to be made....hence why there is loads of clay around everywhere. Humans are the same. The Nucleides we are made up of are replicators....they create copies of themselves, and hence form lets of the same chemical configuration. The most successful replicators tend to replicate alot. Humans are VERY SUCCESSFUL replicators...that's obvious because there are lots of humans. Now you might say "All our genes are different" but in fact we are 99.9% alike.....so that 99.9% of genes (dawkins refers to most of those as Selfish genes because they dont do anything) is successful. We are a chemical reaction gone out of control...we are a product of self-replication. Now computers can self-replictate data much more efficiently than chemical reactions (chemical reactions go wrong...hence mutations and such). Hence computer data will become the future self-replicator....and we will be superseeded, once again by something of our own creation!