All organisms which ever existed are the products of reproduction.
The genetic legacy of an organism is more important than the individual itself.
To whom? To the organism itself reproduction isn't necessarily a good idea. In fact it can sometimes be fatal. No. Hell no!
For example while you might not have known your 100 times great grandfather as an individual, the fact that he reproduced and thereby gave rise to you is the only thing that matters if you value your life even the slightest.
It matters to me. It should not have mattered to him though. From his perspective it is a bad idea. Everyone should value his/her own interests, not my interests. I'm not a deity and humanity do not exist in order to serve me.
All organisms exist for the simple purpose of creating and using energy (by fullfilling their role in the ecosystem and thereby contributing to the heat death of the universe in accordance to the second law of thermodynamics) and reproducing in order to create replacements to fulfill their purpose once they die.
That's what most organisms try to do. However this is not a purpose
. Evolution is not a deity. Nor are the laws of Physics. You don't lose anything by refusing to reproduce.
You will become an evolutionary dead-end however if that is what you want, go for it.
Yes, so what? I'm happier without breeding. To me I'm worth more than my sperm.
Genes tend to hijack organisms so that they reproduce and as a result the genes reproduce as well. That's just like Toxoplasma Gondii inducing mice to love cats so that the mice can be eaten and Toxoplasma Gondii can reproduce. Your genes don't care about you. Instead they just milk you so that they can spread maybe at your expense. You need to take care of yourself.
Edited 8/20/2017 21:57:17