Life on earth is a specialized formulation or organization of this peculiar solution. Essentially, life can be regarded as drops of specialized seawater that eventually dissipate into unspecialized seawater. If we can imagine another planet covered in oceans of even a slightly different solution, the fundamental structure of this planet –regardless of where there were life on it — would be drastically divergent from that of our own. Humans and vampyroteuthes would be unable to recognize one another on such a planet.
Vilem Flusser & Louis Bec. Vampyroteuthis Infernalis: A Treatise