In the following poem, Elizabeth Jennings speaks of "small answers" and "big answers." Perhaps I have grown old and jaded (by the antics of humanity, my own included), but I prefer small answers. How tiresome to seek The Meaning Of Life! It is enough for one lifetime to struggle (emphasis on the struggle) to conduct oneself in a thoughtful, kind, and honorable manner. Oblivion will come in due time, with or without an Explanation. (I fear that I am starting to sound like Philip Larkin or Thomas Hardy.)
A remark by Ludwig Wittgenstein in the preface to his Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus comes to mind: "What can be said at all can be said clearly, and what we cannot talk about we must consign to silence." I think that the whole Meaning Of Life business is one of the things that must be consigned to silence.
I kept my answers small and kept them near;
Big questions bruised my mind but still I let
Small answers be a bulwark to my fear.
The huge abstractions I kept from the light;
Small things I handled and caressed and loved.
I let the stars assume the whole of night.
But the big answers clamoured to be moved
Into my life. Their great audacity
Shouted to be acknowledged and believed.
Even when all small answers build up to
Protection of my spirit, still I hear
Big answers striving for their overthrow
And all the great conclusions coming near.
Elizabeth Jennings, A Way of Looking (1955).