quote: I was following a post on abiogenisis and thinking about what it took to create the first living cell. I realized how difficult it is to actually talk about life because the definition is so complicated. My aim was not to try and define life but to see if someone has come up with a simpler definition in recent years so it would be easier to talk about.
Wouldn't the logical answer to your question would be something like: the first cell would have to be very similar to another existing structure that did not quite meet whatever definition of cell you were using?
This sounds a bit like you think life did not begin until the first cell formed.