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Seeing that I have 75 Unicoins, I decided to buy "Guaranteed answer" because it claims "No more need to wait: We guarantee you an answer on all of your questions."

I'm very curious to know what answer of the question "What is the meaning of 'life'?" would be.
(PS. I opted for "inspirational" answer.)

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@Mari-LouA Thank you uni much! –  Damkerng T. Apr 1 at 3:14
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Wikipedia has this to say: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meaning_of_life –  Mari-Lou A Apr 1 at 3:16
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My unicorn loved your question. –  medica Apr 1 at 4:26
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@Kris Wakey, wakey it's a brand new shiny uniday! –  Mari-Lou A Apr 1 at 6:17
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Ah . . . The meaning of 'life' is an easy one:

Please click on the following link: Life

Now, had you asked a difficult question like:

What's the meaning of life?

That would have been truly challenging to answer.

(Next time don't put quotes around the word life . . .)

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Next time don't make it too clear by explaining in parentheses at the end. :) –  Kris Apr 1 at 5:52
    
Just watch Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. –  Phil Perry Apr 1 at 13:32
    
@PhilPerry, That's The Meaning of Liff, thankyouverymuch! –  Brian S Apr 1 at 15:53
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42.

According to wikipedia 42 (forty-two) is the natural number immediately following 41 and directly preceding 43.

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While 42 may be between 41 and 43, it's actually the answer here because it is the Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything. –  Andrew Leach Apr 1 at 9:24
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+1 as this is obviously the only correct answer. Even so, this Q should be closed as off-topic and general reference. Google even gives you the answer right away. –  oerkelens Apr 1 at 9:31
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+1 for Douglas Adams. Buuuuuuut … the answer to Life, The Universe and Everything is not exactly the same as the meaning of life. 2+2 may equal 4, but it means 2 added to 2. –  David M Apr 1 at 13:56
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Love is the answer
I know because this chap, Aloe Blacc, said so.

But being a child of the 60s, I prefer John Lennon's approach
Mind Games

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We all been playin' those mind games forever
Some kinda druid dude liftin' the veil
Doin' the mind guerrilla
Some call it magic, the search for the grail

Love is the answer
And you know that for sure
Love is a flower
You gotta let it, you gotta let it grow

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Well, it's clearly unicoins from today onward.

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"What is the meaning of life?" is a question that only has an answer relative to the asker because the definition of "meaning" suggests a relationship between states of existence and the events that modify those states. Since the state, in this case "life", and its associated events are so broad within the context of language, the question cannot be answered in the general case.

That said, as a person who is currently alive, I can offer some insight on my personal perception of "the meaning of life". To me, the "meaning" of life is to be alive. I base this idea purely on the fact that I find being alive more interesting than not being alive. To me, my life is more interesting now than before I was alive. By extrapolation I predict my life will be less interesting when I die. In the event of afterlife, the perception of any reward or punishment will only be relative to my state of being alive, which for me is still more interesting than being in the state before I was alive.

Since I am in the universe, and since to me being alive is more interesting than not being alive, I believe that many other things in the universe also find it more interesting to be alive. To me, this conjecture suggests that life is a manifestation of the universe's desire to be alive, and that each life is point of perception in this universe. Regardless of whether the universe is a collection of entities with similar desire or a single entity, on this planet a great amount of evidence exists that living entities do manifest, and that the majority of the actions of these entities are performed with the intention of being alive. For example, living beings seek sustenance, temperature regulation, and reproduce with the fundamental common intention of continuing to be alive. The balance of these actions in nature is imperfect and often brings confusion to human minds concerning the answer to the stated question.

Therefore, to me the answer is: "the meaning of life is that finding ways to continue to be alive is more interesting than failing to find ways to be alive."

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Life has been given to us by God as an opportunity to follow his son Jesus Christ, and therefore enter eternal life. This has to be correct as all the minds of men past and present havent come up with anything else remotely feasable or believable.

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And if you choose to follow God instead of his son? What then? Besides, that would be the purpose of life, and perhaps if you believe such things the thing that gives it meaning. Not the meaning itself. –  David M Apr 1 at 13:59
    
From my own experience I reflect often on a scripture which answers for me the importance of life, namely: "Whereas ye know not what shall shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, then vanisheth away." James 4:14 KJV We are here for a purpose, a probationary time to be tried and tested along our journey. What we learn for both good and ill will affect the eternities ahead. Jesus Christ said it best; "I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me." John 14:6 Use our time wisely is the watchword here. –  Duane T. Bentz Apr 2 at 13:42
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