How would you answer this question?

What is the meaning of life? Usually, this is the sort of question that is dismissed out of hand by serious academics as, well, meaningless. It is certainly not something you want to ask any modern professional philosopher, if you do not want to be laughed at or looked at with a mixture of disdain and horror. And yet, quite obviously, this is indeed a fundamental question that all thinking human beings probably ask themselves, at one point…