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What does Life mean to you?

This thought was spawned from McBear's statement in the "Millionaire Thread".

His fathers words where thought provoking enough for me to have rehashed the thought of life and how we define it. Both literally and expressively. I started with the basics, how would I define "Life" as a word and how it pertains to being a human being. Then I thought ok, thats simple enough, but now the expressive part of "Life" is the one you lead, hence the thought of how defining is it to you. If you brake the question into two parts and answer the first one, then the second one, can you actually say, how you define "Life" as a word is how you have been leading your "Life" as an expression?






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What is life to a badger? How is that life different than yours?

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Life is a tale told by an idiot - full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
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Life is a tale told by an idiot - full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
Wow, you express it so sadly why?






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What is life to a badger? How is that life different than yours?
I don't know that would depend on what life means to you. In regards to a badger and me, we share one common goal in life, survival.






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Wow, you express it so sadly why?
Not me, my friend. William Shakespeare. I lack that kind of succinct eloquence. Although I misquoted him, I'm afraid. The full quote is

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.
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I don't know that would depend on what life means to you. In regards to a badger and me, we share one common goal in life, survival.
Actually, you share many goals, in fact, nearly every basic goal. Respiration, digestion, procreation, fear, love -- all of it. You each seek happiness and success, and you each practice fear-based avoidance. So what is life and what is its most basic measure of success?

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Actually, you share many goals, in fact, nearly every basic goal. Respiration, digestion, procreation, fear, love -- all of it. You each seek happiness and success, and you each practice fear-based avoidance. So what is life and what is its most basic measure of success?
You always seem to no where I am heading with things. That question you asked that I put in bold is the reason for this thread. But, I did not want to actually ask that particular question because one would have to actually know what "Life" means to them. Of course I "We" share basic instincts with one another and other living and non-living things both past and present and future, but how does one define "Life"? There is no right or wrong answer as there is no bad or good in the question itself.






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"What good is sitting alone In your room?
Come hear the music play.
Life is a Cabaret, old chum,
Come to the Cabaret.

Put down the knitting, The book and the broom.
It's time for a holiday.
Life is a Cabaret, old chum
Come to the Cabaret.

Come taste the wine, Come hear the band.
Come blow a horn, Start celebrating;
Right this way, Your table's waiting.

What good's permitting Some prophet of doom
To wipe every smile away.
Life is a Cabaret, old chum,
So Come to the Cabaret!

I used to have a girlfriend Known as Elsie,
With whom I shared A four sordid rooms in Chelsea
She wasn't what you'd call a blushing flower...
As a matter of fact she rented by the hour.

The day she died the neighbors Came to snicker:
"Well, that's what comes from too much pills and liquor."
But when I saw her laid out like a Queen,
She was the happiest... corpse... I'd ever seen.

I think of Elsie to this very day.
I remember how she'd turn to me and say:
"What good is sitting all alone in you room?
Come hear the music play.
Life is a Cabaret, old chum,
Come to the Cabaret.

And as for me, And as for me,
I made my mind up, back in Chelsea,
When I go, I'm going like Elsie.

Start by admitting, From cradle to tomb
It isn't that a long a stay.
Life is a Cabaret, old chum,
It's only a Cabaret, old chum
And I love a Cabaret.




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Life is the condition that distinguishes organisms from inanimate objects, being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally.

Now put that together with jlomon's post, and you're almost there!

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