I'm familiar with why we reproduce. But with genes themselves, why does it matter that all life strives to have their own genetic makeup copy and evolve itself to 'exist' in some way, shape or form? I don't want to talk about why it doesn't matter, keep it to why it does.
Why would the driving force for all existence and life be about creating things that slightly resemble ourselves less and less as time passes? When we die we die. We have no connection to our eggs or our sperm even in life...they are just mucus or urine or any other waste byproduct we produce.
I can't help but feel there must be a hidden purpose to our genes for it to drive everything THIS FAR. After all, it doesn't make sense that we would do it just so 'something else' could exist...where's the logic in that? Would you work your whole life just so there's another human around when you die? The only valid reason as individuals I can see is that we did it because it would make us live longer so our children would be able to care of us...but this can't be correct because parents are compelled biologically to sacrifice themselves for their children.
Or is there no individual purpose to our genes? Are we simply worker ants created by something to evolve and develop some kind of "super genes" for later harvest?
There has got to be some kind of actual reason why propagating 'our individual' genes matters, whether it's dependent or independent of us as individuals. What is the reason?