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Originally posted by PhoeniXof_Hades

- What is a life? What defines life? What characteristics does a thing need to possess in order to be classified as being 'living' or 'alive'? What differentiate a stone from a human, a humanoid robot from a bacteria?


What about: Life is anything that is selfish?

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Originally posted by PhoeniXof_Hades

Life requires nutrients to stay alive and have its body working. Nutrients that a life requires can only be found on another form of life - animals (flesh) or plants (fruits, vegetables, etc). A life cannot survive feeding on nonliving things. Therefore, a life has to die in order to let another life live. This is the order of the nature, the cycle of life.


But after all everything including nutrients is made of atoms, electrons etc and these in turn are made of ... God knows what. 
or is it energy?


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But after all everything including nutrients is made of atoms, electrons etc and these in turn are made of ... God knows what. 
or is it energy?


*shrugs* Either way. Until then, when scientists can produce nutrients in laboratory, without the usage of any animals, I do not think it is possible to for a life to survive without feeding on another's. (Or are we guilty of killing the germs that would occur while producing it?).


I think that one of the things that can justify taking life of other life form is being selfish. Being selfish may not be bad as every life form is selfish to some extent. Vegetarians take the life of plants and non-vegetarians take the  life of animals. As long as they are not foolish and do not take the life of their own kind (thus automatically putting their own life in danger.) then it sounds good.

Morality seems to be a system, that evolved on its own, to take care of everyone's selfish needs and at the same time provide long term benefits to everyone (greater good).
 

Edited by karandel_2008 - 03 October 2009 at 7:03am

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