The first purpose of all living things is to avoid destruction. The warnings of risk are built into sensate beings, and if those fail pain is experienced to encourage struggles to survive the immediate situation. That purpose is designed into every living being’s DNA or it won’t survive long enough to reproduce.
We humans have some other purposes we strive toward beyond simple survival and built-in reproductive urges. If we observe what we spend most of our time, effort, and money on, that is a good proxy for what we value. There is a considerable discussion of higher values but unless it includes a substantial dollop of those three valued things it is probably idle talk.
What if we approach the question from a spatial point of view?…
What does the whole Universe ask of us living beings? Or our Milky Way galaxy, or our Sun’s system, or our Earth, our locality, our property, or where we are right now?
What do our animal bodies demand of us? And of our various parts, like our skin, our eyes, our hands and feet, our lungs and heart, our bladder, etc. Every cell of our bodies has its preferred environment, and if it isn’t getting what it needs it will make itself known somehow, via pain or failure to produce its product, which causes misery elsewhere.
We briefly hit on the potential needs of the Universe, the personal human needs, the animal organs, and cellular needs. So what are we to discuss when we ask, “What is the meaning of life?”
A Google search gave this result from www.reddit.com:
I guess the meaning of life must be defined by how much time we sleep and how much money we spend sleeping.