The story for us starts at the first dimension. We skip the zero dimension with the purpose of our knowledge and dimensional thinking. All that exists in this dimension physically exists for us. We perceive that these minerals despite their unique properties and complexity do not perceive. Thats why we consider them as nonliving. But these attributes of the first dimension have some positive effects on and for us. So the difference of what we call living and nonliving lies in the fact that these things cannot evolve. They do not have DNA like us humans.