Evolution is an interesting thing. It seems that evolutionary branches converge on a perfect species that can live forever under favorable conditions. The weird thing is, in every case they are just digestive systems adapted to their environment. Things like sharks, earthworms, and amoebas are perfect in this sense. They don’t sleep, they don’t play, they don’t age (past adulthood), they just eat and reproduce.

This is interesting because it means the whole point of life (in the general sense) is a mechanism for breaking down organic matter. But, the only reason organic matter needs to be broken down is so it can be recycled into new life. Conclusion: Carbon is our self-serving master.