The above story has been reprinted in the latest issue of "7th Dimension", in both print and web versions. Here is the link to the web version: Meaning of Life and Other Clichés.
Now, I hope the title of this post does not invite some spam. The other day, when I mentioned this story in another post, I received a spam comment from some person about a book he has written which objectively explains the meaning of life. Don't go looking for that comment. I deleted it. Hence, the meaning of life still remains a mystery.