I find this subject interesting and even fun to think about from time to time. Perhaps, think of what your own mind can make of it. This is what my mind comes up with.
The answer is…. There isn’t any. 42, from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, might have been a good answer.
That does not mean that you can’t have Appreciation. One does not need a ‘meaning’ to be inspired by a sense of awe. A universal ‘meaning’ is not needed to get joy from discovery and an increasing understanding. Is a ‘meaning’ required to be kind, empathetic, joyous and respectful of complexity and beauty? Just because love has a biological, and teamwork purpose, does not make it less fabulous or not worthy of full embracing.
Certain frameworks of understanding the world make things a little messier and more complicated than others, but is messy and complicated really such a bad thing? The periodic chart of elements, along with all of its isotopes, is way more complicated than Earth, Wind and Fire, but way more interesting in my opinion.
Perhaps a ‘meaning’ can be gleaned from the question ‘where did it all come from?’ That feels like the most natural question to me. The trouble is, I see no conceivable way for anything, human or alien, to ever peer beyond the Big Bang. This is something that we simply must accept that we will never have an answer to. Humans have developed a surprisingly accurate timeline of the universe after the big bang, but before that occurrence, 13.8 billion years ago, there is no hope of discovery.
Therefore, The Meaning of Life, The Universe, and Everything, is simply that it exists. In my opinion, it is a good thing. The parts of the universe that are alive are the wonderful parts. The parts of it that are alive and are attempting to figure out where it came from, are the most magnificent parts of all.
Let’s not take actions that would erase the magnificent parts of the universe. Who would want that?