1) What is your def for life? Why? Explain. Be specific, that's all

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Life is different than merely being alive. I think Americans especially forget that concept. Life is finding space to breathe, to learn, experience, to enjoy the simple pleasures and the other people in your life, for family and spiritual pursuits. Living, on the other hand, often involves whatever you do for a living, taking care of the details that are necessary to enjoy life. This is why Thoreau said "simplify", as the more complicated our lives become, the more difficult it is to enjoy living.
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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Life is the same thing as awareness (or at least human life is).  For me, a person who is no longer aware of their surroundings (like someone who is severely brain damaged or someone who has Alzheimers' so badly that they don't know who they are anymore is really not alive.  Of course, they are living creatures, but they are not alive in the sense of still being human.  So my definition for human life at least is that you have to be aware of who you are and what your surroundings are.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Life is a series of intertwined choices we and others make as we occupy this spiritual realm on earth. What we do affects others; what the do affects us. It's all part of a bigger picture of which we are only allowed small glimpses at a time. We all have a role--we're all significant.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Do you mean definiton?  My definiton of life is change.  Things never stay the same.  In order to grow, we have to keep moving.  It took me awhile to realize that life is about change.  It has not always been easy for me.

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mandywong | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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Life is about sacrifice. This is because people's lives are interrealted.There are many examples: mothers sacrifice for their children; soldiers scacrifice for their country. If people in the world are selfish and not willing to sacrifice, the world just won't progress.