The meaning of life

We’ve been looking in the wrong place all along. I’ve finally found the meaning of life.

plural lives play\ˈlīvz\

  1. 1a :  the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead bodyb :  a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beingsc :  an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction

  2. 2a :  the sequence of physical and mental experiences that make up the existence of an individualb :  one or more aspects of the process of living <sex life of the frog>

  3. 3:  biography 1

  4. 4:  spiritual existence transcending physical death

  5. 5a :  the period from birth to deathb :  a specific phase of earthly existence <adult life>c :  the period from an event until death <a judge appointed for life>d :  a sentence of imprisonment for the remainder of a convict’s life

  6. 6:  a way or manner of living

  7. 7:  livelihood

  8. 8:  a vital or living being; specifically :  person <many lives were lost in the disaster>

  9. 9:  an animating and shaping force or principle

  10. 10:  spirit, animation <saw no life in her dancing>

  11. 11:  the form or pattern of something existing in reality <painted from life>

  12. 12:  the period of duration, usefulness, or popularity of something <the expected life of the batteries>

  13. 13:  the period of existence (as of a subatomic particle) — compare half-life

  14. 14:  a property (as resilience or elasticity) of an inanimate substance or object resembling the animate quality of a living being

  15. 15:  living beings (as of a particular kind or environment) <forest life>

  16. 16a :  human activitiesb :  animate activity and movement <stirrings of life>c :  the activities of a given sphere, area, or time <the political life of the country>

  17. 17:  one providing interest and vigor <life of the party>

  18. 18:  an opportunity for continued viability <gave the patient a new life>

  19. 19capitalized Christian Science :  god 1b

  20. 20:  something resembling animate life <a grant saved the project’s life>

Source: Merriam-Webster

Now get out there and actually enjoy living it.

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Erik says:

    It seems to me that too many people spend time “living” and thinking in terms closer to these denotative constructs than to anything actually worth writing about. Strangely, this post was clarifying for the moment.

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