So that statement is either trivially true or an example of the fallacy of composition (which was incurred by the ancient Stoics).

It is obviously true that if there are beings in the universe that are capable of finding meaning in their lives then there is meaning in the universe.

But that wasn’t the question: the question, rather, was whether the universe can confer meaning on the life of human beings. So far as I know, it cannot.

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