Going back to the original question, how do animals fit into this?
We are the only species, out of millions, that can ask ourselves about the meaning of life.
Do animals not prove that thinking about meaning is completely unnecessary to our lives.
We are more intelligent than other life forms but they all get through life the same as we do (born,eat,reproduce,die,etc).
We are all alive..............no meaning needed.
right on, Jonny. It is my firm belief that the ONLY thing that differentiates us from "lower animals" (besides opposable thumbs) is speech. As soon as our brains could make our mouths create a sound that we attached meaning to, we could begin abstract thought. And create such questions as "why are we here?" Just because we developed the ability to formulate the question does not mean there is necessarily a satisfactory answer.