What is the difference between them?

Earth was created for all lives, not just human life.

Earth was created for all life, not just human life.

I found the second on http://thriveglobal.com/stories/animal-compassion But the first sentence I made up.

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    If you want to maintain a parallel structure, it should be human lives in the first sentence. Commented Nov 24, 2019 at 14:20

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"All lives" in this case refers the every life of every creature. The perspective is on the individual.

Wiktionary defines it as:

A living individual; the fact of a particular individual being alive.

"All life" refers to a macro level. Life as opposed to non-life, e.g. water, rocks, etc.

Wiktionary defines it as:

Lifeforms, generally or collectively.

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    Dictionary link? Mass noun vs countable? Commented Nov 23, 2019 at 20:22
  • To me the contrast is between individual living things and kinds of life. Commented Nov 24, 2019 at 2:58

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