Meaning of Life – What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? Is there some grand story into which all of our little stories fit? Does life have purpose? Or is it all ultimately meaningless? Elaborate on optimism and pessimism, and then argue that one is better than the other. Cite your sources. If you take a pessimistic approach, use Schopenhauer to strengthen your case. If you take an optimistic approach, use Tolstoy to strengthen your case.