My son joked once that when he grows up he wants to be natural selection. I'm reading a book about it now and wondered if he was defeated by natural selection - his traits too rarefied, too unfit to perpetuate.
I once planted flower seeds that a friend had brought me from Holland. I knew nothing about it and planted them in pots that were too small. They grew tall but never flowered because the stalks broke - they were too tall and fragile to survive.