Maybe someone on here can help me with this. Right now it looks to me like we as sentient beings have an important choice to make: Obedience or emancipation? We are designed to be slaves to our genes and maximize their reproductive success. Obviously we are self-aware because this is necessary in order for us to be able to modify ourselves, which is apparently an advantage in the battle we call life or evolution. The one question that is currently bothering me the most is: Where should I position myself in the space between total obedience and total emancipation from my genes? Neither of these extremes might be reachable, but at least I could try if I had an idea what to do. Now the problem is this. Both strategies will most likely not maximize my happiness: If I do exactly what my genes want me to do, I will have dozens of bastards who will leech off of the social(ist) system that has been well established in the US. While this seems to be the best way to spread one's genes in the current environment, I don't think this would make me particularly happy, especially since I would have to have no material wealth in order not to have to pay child support. Also, quite frankly, if I were one of those procreators I would hate myself even more than I do now. If I do everything I can to spite my genes, I will stop eating or better yet kill myself even faster. But emancipation is not really about spite, it is about getting rid of the alien agenda and pursuing one's own. Now the problem is, every little bit of what we call happiness is really nothing but our genes rewarding us for an action that is likely to further their goals. In other words, it seems to me that if I try to maximize my happiness I have to make my genes as proud of me as possible, which leaves us back at square one, becoming a reckless procreator. The next path one could think of is God. It seems to me that "the flesh" is nothing but your DNA, they just didn't have that word when the bible was written. Should I then try to combat carnal lust and try to follow Jesus? I don't know about that, you could say I am angry at God. I had a vision over three years ago which inspired me to trust in God and the fact that He will send me exactly what is best for me. What I did as a consequence were some of the most stupid and harmful decisions of my life, and I am now at a situation where I really don't see a way out. But this is not about me personally, I am interested in the basic question everyone has to answer in some form: Whom do I serve? I believe I cannot achieve anything without a goal. My problem as opposed to most peoples' is that I cannot find a worthy goal. Sure some more money would be nice, but I don't think it would really make me any happier. Trying to become a better person sounds good, but first I need to know what a good person is. Is the belief in God maybe the same as accepting slavery to one's genes? If God has made us the way we are because He thought it would be good and we are supposed to trust in Him, then we should just do what we were designed to do and not question it. If so, this brings us back to the original question, making it really the only thing that matters: Obedience or emancipation? WHat I would really like to hear is the strategy (in this regard) of someone who considers himself happy and whom most others consider happy. By the way, does someone have a good explanation for the fact that we really enjoy music a lot? Where does this have its place in the battle we are carrying out for our masters, the genes?