I suppose it is a thrill to talk to a real author. I apologize on behalf of Ed that he was unable to get one, and has to make do with me. However, you are in luck, as I am able to explain the meaning of life, having read it on a Fleer's Double Bubble Bubble Gum wrapper I found in the playground of an elementary school curiously called Nettlehorst, (as you are! A remarkable coincidence!) Life, the vital power, the animating force, that which gives us consciousness and free-will, exists in order for us, and all other beings to reject bagels with chocolate chips, zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes, and other abominations, in favor of the True Bagels, (plain, poppy, sesame, onion, garlic, bialys, and NOT raisin). In so doing we affirm the Good, and give praise to the Creator. This is why we live and exist. Those who affirm the other bagels are apostates and will be cast down. I hope this has been of some help to you.