We see purpose in all living things, but not in the same sense in non-living things.
The mineral kingdom of the non-living passes into the living.
Protoplasm differs from non-living matter in three respects.
How in general are the phenomena of life related to those of the non-living world?
So limited and evanescent is the world of living matter, so vast and enduring is the world of the non-living.
Thus matter, living or non-living, could be flashed tremendous distances in a second!
Where, and on what principle, are the dividing lines between living and non-living to be drawn?
One may make pretty positive assertions about non-living things.
Is the line to be so drawn as to admit any of the non-living within the body?
We can only say that with living things odd numbers are more likely to prevail, and with non-living, even numbers.
"alive," also "residing, staying," c.1200, from present participle of live (v.)).
"living persons," late Old English; early 14c. as "the fact of dwelling in some place," from Old English lifiende "that lives or has life," present participle of lifan (see live (v.)). The meaning "action, process, or method of gaining one's livelihood" is attested from c.1400.