Originally posted by divegeester
It seems to me that nature is not interested the millions of sperm who don't make it; all that matters is the one that does, the one which when fused with it's other half goes on to make a "new creation".
Actually no, there is no special distinction about the ones that make it to fertilization. The only distinction is the ones that make it to adulthood and successfully produce new sperm and get involved in mating.
At the present time, the majority of fertilized eggs, do not make it to birth. In the recent past, the majority of births did not make it to reproduction age. An even today, a significant proportion of those who get to reproduction age, do not reproduce, although I don't know the exact statistics, it is probably about 50%.
However all the sperm which don't make it are all potential "new creations" themselves, all those potential people lost forever.
With the advent of cloning, every cell in your body is a potential 'new creation' depending on how you measure potential.
Let me be explicit. Consider the human race and god - is there a parallel here? The bible talks about the fusion of gods spirit and man becoming a new creation", similarly only a few make it.
I'm just pondering.
Looking for parallels and patterns is not always a useful exercise and can often lead to wrong conclusions.
High mortality rates do however call into question some of the fundamental tenets of most religions.