Why Nothing Is Truly Alive

924 Words Apr 12th, 2016 4 Pages
The concept of life from the way one can see it is most similar to the way Ferris Jabr thinks about it. In Ferris Jabr’s Why Nothing is Truly Alive (2014) he talks about how nothing is actually alive and all of it is a concept. This is the way one can perceive how life is because perception is relative depending what has been taught. In reality nothing is alive because there is no one concrete definition of what life means. In the article “Why Nothing Is Truly Alive” Jabr is arguing that the creation of the Strandbeest by Dutch artist Theo Jansen is the same, in the sense of being alive, to an animal or plant. Also he is saying that nothing is actually alive too. Now the Standbeest is an animal made up of plastic tubes, wood, and sails. They move from wind hitting the sails and that moves the machine. Life does not actually have to be alive it can be things that one may want life to be. Many things in this world are only seemingly alive because people assume that the thing is alive. For example even though crystals grow and have reproduction of what they are like most people in society would not classify them as living. There are many things that are out there in the world that may have traits or seen as to be alive, but in reality they are not. Some may say that most living things move like humans and animals, but water also moves around, yet society would say that water is not alive. In one’s perspective they would argue that water is alive to them. They may think this…
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