Oh yes, just what, exactly, is life? I would like to open a discussion.
“We don’t have a very good definition of life,” said researcher Christopher Voigt of the University of California, San Francisco, who works on synthetic biology. “It’s a very abstract thing, what we call life, and at what point we say something doesn’t have the necessary components versus it does, it just becomes way too murky.”
Perhaps Aristotle was the first to attempt to define life, and his proposal boils down to life being something that grows and maintains itself (he called this “nutrition”) and reproduces.
In 1944, Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger defined life as that which resists decaying to disorder and equilibrium.
The question of what exactly is life or what constitutes life has dogged scientists since the early days. There are many other interlinked questions,
What is the Purpose of Life?
Everybody has wondered at one time or another why they exist. What is my purpose in life? Is there even a purpose in life? If there is, what is it?
How do I find my purpose in life?
Perhaps, the purpose of life is to be happy
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” – Denis Waitley
Perhaps, the purpose of life is to leave a legacy
“All good men and women must take responsibility to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine.” – Jim Rohn
Perhaps, the purpose of life is to love others
“Not only do self-love and love of others go hand in hand but ultimately they are indistinguishable.” – M. Scott Peck
Perhaps, the purpose of life is to create your own meaning
“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.” – Joseph Campbell
Perhaps, the purpose of life is to make a positive difference
“Aim to make a difference in someone’s life every single day, including your own.” Dow Zantamata
Perhaps, the purpose of life is to find something important enough to justify suffering
“If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering.” – Viktor Frankl
There are numerous answers to the question: what is the purpose of life?
I like the simple but effective description by Steve Maraboli,
This life is for loving, sharing, learning, smiling, caring, forgiving, laughing, hugging, helping, dancing, wondering, healing, and even more loving. I choose to live life this way. I want to live my life in such a way that when I get out of bed in the morning, the devil says, ‘aw shit, he’s up!
And finally, perhaps, the meaning of life, of our life, is that which we choose to give it.
Pray, do share your thoughts.