To one who survived an remission of cancer the word has a much stronger meaning to him or her than one who survive their work week until the weekend.
To one who survived an episode of homeless the word has a drastically different meaning than to one who breakup of a relationship.
Survival of a precious art work or ancient artifact through the passage of time is one form of survival. The art work is inanimate so it did nothing on it’s own to survive.
It would be wonderful if the same applies to humans and other living things. But unfortunate that is not the case. Each living organism must be responsible for it’s own survival.
Although, one human life is far more valuable than any artwork therefore just as we ensure the survival of a priceless work of art. We should work equally as diligently to ensure the survival of the great work of art on earth. Human being.