The meaning of (your) life. If we expect there to be a purpose to life then some kind of progression is expected, progress implies a destination, and life's final destination is inevitably death, it is built into the concept. This, unsurprisingly gets many philosophers unnecessarily depressed.
When we ask questions involving destinations like 'Where we are going?' the words include the concept of the journeys end, the built in metaphor then poisons a perfectly reasonable question by making any answer about life lead to death. So it's not the wrong answer, it's the wrong question. If you ask the wrong question you will not get the right answer.
Life is not a journey, It is a process of entertainment and education.
(That bit is important, use it to analyse what you are doing in life, because everything we do is a mixture of those two.)
So our questions can become.
What am I learning? And Am I having fun yet?
THESE ARE MUCH BETTER QUESTIONS
From here we will be in a better position to decide what to do next. It also leads us to the next question. Why are we? Fortunately the answer to that is a part of the education element, and will become clear later. The meaning of life is not, however, important at this stage. The important bit is "Do you know what the question is?"
Sadly most people do not even know that there is one. When they do think they tend toward the like of 'How can I going to get what I want?' 'What will it cost me? 'Will more people love me if I have it?'
There are answers to this kind of question but the answers don't actually help. Before we get too hung up on that perhaps I should explain that, because they are external questions they only give external answers. We need internal questions that are connected to us, and will change with us. If you don't understand then stop and think until you do.
Question 1. Who am I? (To prevent unnecessary stress I should point out that it's a trick question, but it's worth consideration).
You can pause for a cup of tea and come back to that one if you like. While there, think about Question 2
Question 2 is. Do I want to know, examine, or change the answer to question 1?
Now we are all back from tea let us continue. It has been pointed out that question 2 is too big.
Look at it this way, if you don't know who you are then you cannot usefully change. However, If you do know who you are but don't know if you want to change then you don't need to worry because any required changes will become obvious when they are needed. Working on the obvious bits will keep us busy for a while yet.
So, back to where we left off. Who am I? Once you know that, you will work out why it is irrelevant.
This is because it is you individually that asks the question, you are the only person to whom the question (never mind the answer) is relevant, so why ask anybody else? Why ask me? My answer would not be relevant to you. Sorry about that, but read on, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
As you change, so will your answer, and finding the answer changes you, so the answer changes etc, ad infinitum.............
So, if the answer to the first question keeps changing and is only relevant to you anyway, you're not asking the right question and you can't go asking god, because if god knows the answer you are just a figment of god's imagination, or god is one of yours.
That's why the nearest thing to a universal answer is 'Me', which is tidy, but not terribly helpful. (yet).
So what's left is a question,
It's Question 2.
Do you want to change?
The answer is what a question is for. Once you know what your question is, then you know you can be who ever you want to be, and what you were is irrelevant.
Well don't just sit there, you'll forget this in an hour, write it down. The answer is I am. Not I want to become, because that is in the eternal future, we want this to be in the present,
I am me.
So go on, EVOLVE.
Incidentally, one chap asked me how to go about this "change thing". I told him it was just practice, but I could see he didn't believe me. I think he was looking for an angel, a web site, an upgrade, or a manual he could get out of the library.
Funny thing is, actually there is one, in the library, but because it's called "What to say when you talk to yourself." and is written by a human, nobody believes it. What are they expecting? Tablets of stone? Messages from Mars? Ancient, hidden and coded inscriptions on the underside of pyramids? Wisdom does not have to come from long ago or far away.
What you say in your head is what you hear most.
what you hear yourself, and others, say determines your beliefs and so your thinking.
so what you think controls your habits
your habits determine your life.
Answer. You can be whatever you choose to be, which you, therefore, have, so what are you complaining about? Choose again if you want.
I didn't write either of them, but agree with their general drift. You can decide for yourself.