Well, I suppose one can’t talk about the meaning of life without thinking of Douglas Adams, for whom the answer appeared to have been “42” (in The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy). But he also indirectly makes an important point about the alternative philosophy of nihilism, which states that life, and indeed everything, is meaningless: if everything is meaningless, then so is the idea that everything is meaningless… In other words, the idea that life is worthless is a worthless idea. To me, that means it is false, or might as well be. So nihilism is imploded by its own definition: if true, it must be false.
I expect that is arguable, but it seems close enough for practical purposes. And the purpose of life – its meaning? Altruism. So there.
Here is a recent photo of Douglas Adams, taken at Highgate Cemetery in London.
And here is a quote from him:
“There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”
Douglas Adams has written quite a few books, many of which I have read and enjoyed.