Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist, planetary scientist, bestselling author, and science communicator. He has been instrumental in popularizing science with his books and appearances on radio and television shows.

He recently wrote a companion book – Cosmic Queries: StarTalk’s Guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We’re Going (2021). He hosted the television series called Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014), a “continuation” of astronomer Carl Sagan’s popular series Cosmos (1980).

Neil says about the meaning of life “If you are looking for meaning, you may never find it”

“You have the power to manufacture meaning. Create it for yourself.”

– Neil deGrasse Tyson

Here is how Neil deals with the meaning of life for himself, he says my meaning for life is derived from several simple principles, have I added meaning to someone’s life, is the world a better place than it was yesterday. If the world is not a better place than what it was because of what I did today, that means I have subtracted meaning. That means to lessen the suffering of others, put a little bit of joy into others’ life.

“You can make meaning, don’t look for it, because you may never find it”

– Neil deGrasse Tyson

He talks about the meaning of life with Tom Bilyeu, advocating that one should create meaning in life and not go find it.

Richard Dawkin discussed with Neil on his popular STAR TALK how a scientist’s hunger for wonder and exploration leads science forward and why scientists like Isaac Newton said that the creator must be a designer. and why Einstein has repeatedly used the word god and why Galileo was persecuted by the Catholic Church.

Neil deGrasse Tyson is absolutely marvelous at interacting with kids. Especially the young ones, in this case, a 6-year-old boy. In an event in Boston City, the young boy asked Neil, “What is the meaning of life?”. He took the cute question from the kid very seriously and responded with a very deep and thoughtful, elaborative answer.

He said, that it’s important that we create our own meaning and do everything that we can to bring ourselves closer to know everything there is to know in this universe.

“If I live a day and I don’t know a little more that day than the day before,” he explains, “I think I wasted that day.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Basically, he wants us all to maintain and expand our curiosity, whether we are a 6-year-old boy like the one who asked the question or 96 years old and counting the last days of life, we should constantly create meaning and learn about everything in the universe that exists.

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