What is the Essense of Life?

In his web article, C. Terry Warner says that “agency refers both to the capacity of beings to act for themselves and their accountability for those actions.”  But what the heck are “beings?”  What gives rise to this self-awareness that is constantly challenged with choice and consequence? In “The Ant Farm,” the Deville character challenges Yahweh on his question.  But Yahweh and the society he lives…