29 January 2009

Life Beta

"Life is the art of drawing without an eraser." John W Gardner

What's the meaning of life?

Below are the defintions from different online dictionaries.

Cambridge Dictionaries
1. the period between birth and death; the experience or state of being alive
2. way of living or a particular part of someone's life
3. the period for which a machine or organization lasts
4. the quality which makes people, animals and plants different from objects, substances, and things which are dead
5. energy or enthusiasm
6. everything which is alive
7. In art, if you work from life, you paint, draw, etc. real people or objects usually while they are in front of you rather than from memory
8. especially in children's games, one of the limited number of times that you can lose, but still continue playing

1. the condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally
2. the sum of the distinguishing phenomena of organisms, esp. metabolism, growth, reproduction, and adaptation to environment
3. the animate existence or period of animate existence of an individual
4. a corresponding state, existence, or principle of existence conceived of as belonging to the soul
5. the general or universal condition of human existence
6. any specified period of animate existence
7. the period of existence, activity, or effectiveness of something inanimate, as a machine, lease, or play
8. a living being
9. living things collectively
10. a particular aspect of existence
11. the course of existence or sum of experiences and actions that constitute a person's existence
12. a biography
13. animation; liveliness; spirit
14. resilience; elasticity
15. the force that makes or keeps something alive; the vivifying or quickening principle
16. a mode or manner of existence, as in the world of affairs or society
17. the period or extent of authority, popularity, approval, etc
18. a prison sentence covering the remaining portion of the offender's animate existence
19. anything or anyone considered to be as precious as life
20. a person or thing that enlivens
21. effervescence or sparkle, as of wines
22. pungency or strong, sharp flavor, as of substances when fresh or in good condition
23. nature or any of the forms of nature as the model or subject of a work of art

1. a: the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body b: a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings c: an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction
2. a: the sequence of physical and mental experiences that make up the existence of an individual b: one or more aspects of the process of living
3. spiritual existence transcending physical death
4. a. the period from birth to death b: a specific phase of earthly existence c: the period from an event until death
5. a way or manner of living
6. a vital or living being
7. an animating and shaping force or principle
8. the form or pattern of something existing in reality
9. the period of duration, usefulness, or popularity of something
10. the period of existence (as of a subatomic particle)
11. a property (as resilience or elasticity) of an inanimate substance or object resembling the animate quality of a living being
12. living beings (as of a particular kind or environment)
13. a: human activities b: animate activity and movement c: the activities of a given sphere, area, or time
14. one providing interest and vigor
15. an opportunity for continued viability
16. something resembling animate life

Is that life?

What's written on the tombstone?

At the end of the day, no matter how long the person lives, it's all summized in a simple symbol "-".

And, that's life.