From a Technological Point of View.
Please be open minded when reading what I have to say. I know my thoughts on life and death are contridicting to other ideas that I also have.
I'm a programmer and so programming concepts have influenced my ideas on life and death. If you think of the world like an operating system, and that it's a platform for applications to run on. The application that is running is a life simulator. Living things are processes in this simulation, which can be be spawned/forked or killed at anytime. There is not specific meaning to life for the processes/living things. But for the whole simulation, the purpose is to prove something. We use simulators all the time to observe possible variations on a concept. A flight simulator will let you know what are the variables needed to keep you in flight for as long as you'd desire. The simulator of life is to find out the list of rules or variables needed to keep the simulator going for as long as possible.
The idea of why we are here has been programmed into our brains and serves to create a nice standard deviation curve. We've been programmed to ask the question why we are here, but no one knows why. This mystery/inifinite loop (we've been asking why we are here since the beginning of time) keeps the simulation alive. If we really knew why we are here, and it really turned out to be nothing more than just for see how long life could exist for... things will get hectic. Knowing that I don't need to be forgiven of my sins. Knowing that I won't be judged for my actions after I die will cause a world of chaos. It's hope to see loved ones that have passed away, going to heaven, or fear of the creator that keeps the simulation or life going.
The characteristics that make up a living thing is derived from the DNA. DNA is a like the source code for a program that is used to describe physical features. But how the living thing behaves come from it's brain which is like a log file that keeps track of lessons learned from life. Our behaviour comes from observation.
If life is this application/simulation than anything is possible. Not referring to sporadic events that we've yet seen, but the concept of time. How did it begin and what does it mean to exist before time. These parameters can easily be inputted into a simulator. There's always been the idea that there's a universal balance. If there was not a perfect universal balance, life would oscillate into infinite extremes really quickly given the length of eternity.
I know I could totally see myself wanting to write run a simulator with different variables to see how the outcome will look like. The last example/analogy that I present you is a poker simulator. I'm going to make the rules for my pla