What is the meaning of life?
Context is everything.
When we say this means this; we are really invoking cause and effect.
LIFE, you must admit, is a small four-letter word. However, it represents a vast and unmanageable complexity!
Humans prefer simplicity whenever possible since survival historically could turn on a dime and instantaneous decisions could decide whether you live or die.
But, it is silly and self-deceptive to think we can distill out of any complexity a simple: cause.
After all, that is why we have the category of cause we call: GOD.
However, I digress!
Just as there are an endless multiplicity of woes and sufferings by numberless souls on our planet; so too, there are as many (or more) root causes.
To resort to JUST ONE CAUSE is to indulge in what I call THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE SYNDROME.
You take the loss of every ship and airplane in one geographical area (such as the Bermuda "Triangle") and attribute one cause:
Now, you are free to invent any fantasy that appeals to your imagination! (And we do--oh my! We do!)
Humans use the concept of "meaning" to allow themselves the relative comfort of simplicty in decision making and problem solving. There is really only context, purpose and result.
How we interpret those three elements becomes MEANING.