Why 42? I’ll tell you.
As any reader of Douglas Adams knows 42 is the ultimate answer the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything. It took Deep Thought, the hypercomputer, 7.5 million years to come up with this answer. Unfortunately for those anxiously waiting he did not give them the proper question.
Obviously, I do not have 7.5 million years to contemplate my existence. If I’m lucky I may have 50 years, and if I’m extremely lucky possibly 60, but certainly not more than that. However, I don’t feel that this should prevent me from at least trying to figure out what I’m all about. While I wouldn’t call myself a deep thinker, I believe only a great fool does not contemplate his or her existence.
Hopefully the answer at which I will arrive will be more satisfying than “What is 6 x 7?”