Whats the meaning of life anyhow? Spam the environment with as many copies of ones self as possible and eliminate competition. Some life thrived some didn't for a billion years or so until now there's almost 7 billion humans on earth. Somewhere along the way, 2 or 5 thousand years ago societies took over the heavy lifting of replicating themselves relieving individuals of the need. Instead of scrambling around burning all its energy on replication, individuals were now free to chase nobler pursuits.
Thinking and talking were chief among these pursuits until recently when wasting time and telling fish stories were included. And smoking cigars. And drinking beer. On the river, sure life could be better, but not much more than that.