What’s the difference between ‘living’ and ‘existing?’

Jump to Last Post 1-5 of 5 discussions (13 posts)
  1. swalia profile image86
    swaliaposted 8 years ago

    What’s the difference between ‘living’ and ‘existing?’

  2. dashingscorpio profile image82
    dashingscorpioposted 8 years ago

    Living has purpose.
    Existing is just a (state of being).
    A life without dreams isn't living only existing.
    Living is about enjoying today and having a reason to look forward to tomorrow or the future, Someone lying in a hospital bed with breathing tubes and in a coma is technically "alive" but very few people would call that "living".

    1. swalia profile image86
      swaliaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      That reminds me of one of my favorite quotes- 'The purpose of life is a life with a purpose.'

  3. manatita44 profile image74
    manatita44posted 8 years ago

    Living can be a 'live' word, as in living with praise, adulation. joy, worship ...

    Here everything is sattvic, jubilant, triumphant, and the Heart is full of Love.

    Again, living is as we experience it, incorporates the daily chores of existence, as  manifested in jobs, family, social life, food, shelter, self-esteem, etc.

    Existing generally implies that life is hard, that we are suffering the bare necessities for existence, namely food, water, shelter...

    Finally, as in Living, Existence, seen from a Higher standpoint, implies "I Know, therefore I am, or exist." As you know, Existence is the first rung of the spiritual Hierachy of Sat, Chit and Ananda. Existence, Consciousness and Bliss.

    We as humans, may very often look at it from the standpoint of my other definition, mostly so if our focus is different, or Compass pointing towards a material existence, with little or small dreams.. Hari Om!

    1. swalia profile image86
      swaliaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Wow! Only a spiritual person could have given this answer smile

    2. manatita44 profile image74
      manatita44posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Surabhi you know and I like a lot! She says, Ha ha, sometimes. So I chuckle here, Swalia. Praise indeed from one devotee to another. Lots of love.

  4. RLWalker LM profile image59
    RLWalker LMposted 8 years ago

    Living is the act of satisfying needs and wants.

    Existing is a state of being real.

    1. profile image53
      Norine Williamsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      RL: Spoken like a "self sufficient" MAN! "..satisfying needs & wants?" As they say, "Live it up?"  Not according to Bible! "Existing" is what 1 does when "Living it up!"

    2. RLWalker LM profile image59
      RLWalker LMposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I mean the word "live" as I see it is a state related to biology in which the process of life is functioning and "exist" is the state of being an actual thing in reality, regardless of biology.

      I'm in the habit of being literal

    3. profile image53
      Norine Williamsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      RL: And I "spiritual!"

      "...life is functioning and "exist"

      Using your analogy (biology), both "living" (biologically) & "existing" (biologically) are same in the "literal sense?"

    4. RLWalker LM profile image59
      RLWalker LMposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      No, living is a subset of existing. There is no analogy. I was merely and trivially filling the unoccupied seat of answering the more literal definition of the words. I do that often. It really DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING. And as always, I may be wrong.

    5. profile image53
      Norine Williamsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      RL: " We "existed" (in sin), yet were not "alive" until "in Christ!"  Man perceives "alive" as "breathing" which is merely "existing" if not "in Christ," according to Scripture!

  5. profile image53
    Norine Williamsposted 8 years ago

    DASH has "Hit the nail of the head" or "Spot on!"  Allow me to give Scripture re: "Living" vs "Existing!" 

    We were ALL "created in His image;" therefore, we are "spirit" (housed in a body) for GOD is a Spirit and it is INEVITABLE that we (creations) will "reconcile to our Creator!"  We must then take into consideration what HE (WORD) says re: "living" v. "existing!"

    As we know, Jesus died for our sins.  Ephesians 2:1-5 says "And YOU hath he made ALIVE who were DEAD ("spiritually" or just "existing")  in trespasses and sins; In which in times past ye WALKED ACCORDING to THE COURSE OF THIS WORLD, according to the prince of the power of the air (Satan), the spirit that now worketh in the sons of the disobedience; Among whom also we all had our manner of life in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of THE MIND, and were BY NATURE "the children of wrath," even as others. "BUT GOD," who is RICH IN MERCY, for his great LOVE with which he loved us, Even when we were DEAD ("spiritually" & only "existing") in sins, hath made us ALIVE together with Christ (by GRACE ye are SAVED)" (v12) "That at that time ye were WITHOUT CHRIST, being ALIENS from the commonwealth of Israel, and STRANGERS from the COVENANTS of PROMISE, HAVING NO HOPE, and WITHOUT GOD IN THE WORLD" (Or ONLY "EXISTING!") 

    STUDY (II Timothy 2:15) for "...ALL THAT PERTAINS TO LIFE..." IS IN SCRIPTURE (II Peter 1:3)!


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://corp.maven.io/privacy-policy

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)