To learn is to become closer to nature, and to learn how things work gives you power to influence events, gives you power to help people who may need it, the power to help yourselves, to shape a trajectory. So, when I think of ‘What is the meaning of life?’ to me that’s not an eternal, unanswerable question. To me, that is in arm’s reach of me every day. And so for you, at age six-and-three-quarters, may I suggest that for you, you should explore nature as much as you possibly can, and occasionally that means getting your clothes dirty because you might want to jump into puddles and your parents don’t want you to do that. You tell them that I gave you permission.
–Neil deGrasse Tyson on the meaning of life
Young Jack to Neil deGrasse Tyson: What’s the Meaning of Life?
At the Wilbur Theatre in Boston, on January 15, 2015, six-(and-three-quarter)-year-old Jackson asks astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson the question on everybody’s mind.