But if you want to really think about it, ask yourself why you chose to ask the question. What made you ask this of others? Free will. The ability to make choices and to pursue those choices as you see fit. "Happiness," conventionally.
The question actually implies a future meaning, yet to be discovered, as if an answer will be revealed or as if people are on the planet to achieve something. Ask yourself: what is a rabbit's meaning of life? What is a monkey's purpose? The question supposes a delineation between humans and all other life-forms on the planet, which seems a little presumptuous. Is the rabbit's meaning ever revealed? Probably not, if they're as stupid as we think they are.
And who, if anyone, gave us this "meaning" you're asking about? The question implies an answer, and thus an "answerer." So, asking the question shows that, on some level, you believe in a higher power, one that would give us a purpose or meaning to be discovered. If there was no God, would you ask this question? What if you were the rabbit? The rabbit only knows how to be a rabbit and doesn't worry about its meaning.
If you follow this line of logic, you come to the conclusion that humans may have invented a "higher power" so they could believe there was some meaning to life. If you remove this from the equation, then the question never gets asked since you don't live to appease a higher power, only to make yourself and those you care about happy.
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