Known as one of the most difficult concepts to define, life could be described as any form of existence that involves a cycle of birth, development, reproduction and death. In the concept of life we can then include different kingdoms such as the vegetable, the animal, the fungi, and the bacteria. In the case of the human being (belonging to the animal kingdom), the discussion about what life is and what its importance is becomes more complex as this is the only living being that can reflect on abstract and incomprehensible phenomena.
We could say that the importance of life resides in the gift that one receives at birth and that becomes what allows us, ultimately, to exist. Life is extremely important because, otherwise then, we could not exist. Thus, the idea of how to care for and protect that life is important comes into question. It is clear that if we did not have life we would not exist, therefore everything we do and do to care for it will be important.
In this sense, life is important because it allows us to grow, develop links with other living beings, learn, get to know the world and a host of activities that go beyond mere biological functions. Acts of aggression, violence, or situations in which there is a lack of health, shelter, and good nutrition are all elements that do not take into account the importance of life and therefore endanger it. Some of them may be involuntary and unconscious, others may be planned and well aware.
The complexity of today’s societies means that we often forget this notion of how important life is and endanger it in various ways, downplaying acts that can directly harm or interrupt it.
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