"The condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death."
"The existence of an individual human being or animal. A particular type or aspect of human existence. A person’s existence separated by death. A chance to live after narrowly escaping death."
"The period between the birth and death of a living thing, especially a human being."
"Vitality, vigour or energy."
There are all these literal meanings as to what life is; but really, who is to determine what life means?
Each individual will interpret or have views on life in a completely different manner from the next - because let's face it; nobody truly knows what life is...what it means to live.
We get told life is special, precious, it's a treasure; but who is to know that - this thing we are all so strung up on; this treasure that is 'life' - who is to know it really is that precious? Who is to say death is not the same? Sure it can be painful in the process to death; but who is to say that afterwards, after the pain; after life, it is not just as - if not more - peaceful than life?
Heck, who is to say that life truly ends when death gets a hold of you?
"Life is to exist.", "The existence of a human being or animal." But, what does it mean to exist? To be here in mind and soul?
What about people who are brain dead, so to speak. Are they in existence? They cannot think, feel, their minds are merely in existence - so surely, they do not exist, correct? They live and breathe, but they are not there mentally - physically, yes, but not mentally.
So, what does it mean to live? To exist? To have lived and existed? To have died?