a  multitude of definitions     
       does   not   help.   we        
      can     say     "life     is      
       what    we    are,   and       
       what  things  like  us       
       are",   but   then   we        
     must    also    define    what     
     "things  like  us"  actually     
      entails,  how it  should      
       be   measured,   who  or       
     what     is    the    arbiter,     
      and   so   instead   there      
           is   this   internationally 
 sanctioned     list                   
          of  criteria          
 - life must produce or consume milk      
 - life must have a beginning and an end  
 - life can have dreams and can interact  
 - life can steal                         
 - life can be cursed