reply to post by arpgme
Remembering that it's all part of a cycle is the most important element.
When someone is born that is a form of creation: a brand new life.
This child could grow up to be anyone, to do anything.
They might make a scientific discovery, a medical breakthrough.
They might write a moving novel, or paint a beautiful piece.
They will grow, mature, make friends, and change their world.
They will age, begin to decay, and hopefully leave a legacy.
When they die, their body will return to the elements.
These elements will become sustenance for plants, flowers, and fungi.
That flora will become sustenance for herbivores.
Herbivores will become sustenance for predators.
Both of those become sustenance for omnivores, like humans.
Another human will ingest the previous-human's matter/energy.
Then they will make someone pregnant, or become so themselves.
A new life, partially created from the old one, will be brought into existence.
This new life will be able to continue from where the old one left off.
Not necessarily reincarnation, but cellular recycling.
It's always a cycle: creation begets destruction begets creation.
Destroying something always allows it to be re-created as something else.
So, while you call it selfish, I prefer to think of it as half of the equation.
~ Wandering Scribe