Neil DeGrasse Tyson answers 6-year-old's question: 'What is the meaning of life?'

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Answers the Hardest Question of All - From a Six-Year-Old


This young boy named Jackson asked astrophysicist and science superstar Neil deGrasse Tyson the hardest question of all time: "What is the meaning of life?" During an event at Boston's Wilbur Theatre, he tells astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson that he is "six-and-three-quarters" years old.

Tyson tells Jackson, "You're going to be the deepest thinking adult there ever was," before giving perhaps the best answer to the age-old question, luckily caught on video by YouTube user marisa.was.here.

Tyson explains that meaning isn't something that can be found, but rather something that you can create for yourself and for others. The "Cosmos" host notes that every day, he asks himself, "Have I learned something today that I didn't know yesterday?" If the answer is no, Tyson thinks he wasted that day. He adds that at Jackson's young age, Jackson should explore nature as much as he can -- which includes jumping in rain puddles even when his parents might not like it.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, 'Cosmos' television show host and Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History speaks August 4, 2014 after a screening of James Cameron's 'Deepsea Challenge 3D' film at the museum in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: TV host Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson participates in StarTalk Radio's climate change panel discussion and reception at Beacon Theatre on June 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)
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