The Egg by Andy Weir

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    Profile photo of The St. even The St. even (6) September 26, 2012

    I can’t tell you how many times the concept of this story has run across my mind. I’m a bit relieved to know I’m not the only one. No one really knows for sure, there are things out there that we just cannot comprehend.

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    Profile photo of salem salem (1) July 27, 2012


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      Profile photo of acody87 acody87 (0) August 8, 2012

      I think it is logical. If you remain objective.

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    Profile photo of gman gman (0) August 7, 2013

    This is one of the best things I’ve read in a long time, the wholeness of experiencing every single thought, feeling every emotion, the lowest and the highest is truly to me what makes a god. I also like to think that this is true and the guy who wrote it was actually the one person meant to remember that encounter and share it with the world, remembering it on a subconcious level and pulling it out of the ether of a creative mind.

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    Profile photo of Joseph Joseph (3) July 10, 2013

    read this stoned off my ass the first time, blew me away! then realized that your incarnations are not limited to this planet alone, and that there are endless amounts of other planets and civilizations to incarnate on. FUCK! maybe… or maybe i was just really high, silly :P

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      Profile photo of pesky pesky (0) September 9, 2015

      Drugs are bad, Mmkay.

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    Profile photo of Baggycat Baggycat (0) October 17, 2012

    An interesting concept that chimes well with a book that I read recently. It made me think more about the concept of God and why we are here than anything else I’ve read in a long while… and it’s a novel, not a philosophical tome.

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    Profile photo of Fortean Fortean (0) October 16, 2012

    For an interesting development along a similar theme, dealing with the nature of reality and consciousness, I’d recommend reading Thomas Campbell’s My Big TOE trilogy.

    This is one of the reviews on Amazon:

    WOW! So THIS is a Big TOE!
    My Big TOE – The Complete Trilogy
    This is a major piece of work. I thought relativity was a mind bender. I thought quantum mechanics was a mind bender. I thought religious science, philosophy and other big thoughts were mind benders. But nothing I’ve read so far has bent my view of reality as much as this idea. WOW! Read it slowly. Read it and test it. Read it and observe. BUT READ IT! You will not be disappointed, and if you are, read it again and set your beliefs and preconceived notions of reality aside. There is more here to think about than you may ever know in one life time on this crazy ride through the universe! Never before have I found an author more accessable or a scientific concept so personal. Science meets daily existance, as me! And You! Enjoy and Thank You Tom Campbell!

    ebooks available, can be read for free on, or at least used to be available.

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    Profile photo of Martin939 Martin939 (0) January 19, 2014

    Great ‘story’! It is always enlivening and rewarding to read a work of imagination that is not merely imaginary, if you catch my drift. I have taken the liberty of adding a link to ‘The Egg’ on my website at For anyone interested in another insightful and amusing piece of metaphysical writing, I invite you to check out Terry Bisson’s ‘They’re Made Out of Meat’ at

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    Profile photo of CRG CRG (5) June 13, 2014

    Very fascinating. Thank you for sharing these words of wisdom.

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    Profile photo of Ziran Ziran (0) August 25, 2015

    This story unfolded its self before me in the form of deep thought while induced by a heavy dose of 6 grams of golden cap mushroom … I never read it before it’s actually my first time too & I knew theirs many others like myself that have come to this realization these people are called the eternal truth holders .

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    Profile photo of Samuel Drown Samuel Drown (0) August 15, 2015

    This really raises some answers for those that feel like they were meant to have lived in another time. But there are other sentient animals. I suppose they count? Confusing stuff. Of course I recognize that the key to life is giving, and to help and love another is to help and love oneself, in any way you might perceive it. You put yourself out into the world and you’ll find the world accommodating you, unbelievably. Somehow, even a phrase such as “the meaning of life is to give life meaning” falls away, because there’s no such thing as selfishness.
    My legacy would be nice to know, but I’ve long come to terms with the possibility of my death, and I’ve never had reason to be angry as long as I’ve known that I will have tried my hardest. To not give up, never surrender, per sé.
    Another has told me that I’m probably rejecting this life, and I know I certainly was when I was younger… but finding the self-mastery that will allow me to carry on with my current life is a blessing in and of itself from out of this world.
    Finally, this is something I came to entirely on my own, with guidance from martial arts instructors perhaps: no matter who you are, every single human being on this planet is more akin to me than I’ll ever know, definitely moreso than even this “story” can propose.

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    Profile photo of Jezzamundo Jezzamundo (0) August 13, 2015

    A few nights drinking ayahuasca in the jungle brought me to this same conclusion

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    Profile photo of candlesburning candlesburning (0) April 14, 2015

    well written and creative mind. but that’s the thing: creative. it’s a made up story, and if someone might actually BELIEVE this, educate yourself. makes no sense. just no.

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      Profile photo of Austin Austin (0) July 16, 2015

      Who knows? You might be right, you might not. We shall never know, or as it is, I might know, someday.

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      Profile photo of Fortean Fortean (0) May 10, 2015

      I agree with you in a sense. I had that same viewpoint when I first read it. Then I had some experiences that allowed me to see things in a different light, a paradigm shift, and now I can see how this could make sense. I’m not saying it is anything but a story, but I can now see it in a different way. Read Thomas Campbell’s My Big TOE trilogy to see how this might make sense. His Theory of Everything (TOE) doesn’t say anything about this, but it can change your perspective.

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    Profile photo of kradronime kradronime (0) January 19, 2015

    Well that was an exhilarating experience, honestly I never thought i’d someday come across as something like this cuz yes, I have thought about this before and.. uggh XD im still in ecstacy rn

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    Profile photo of tj tj (0) September 22, 2012

    Fascinating thought process. Thanks.

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    Profile photo of masoninthesis masoninthesis (8) August 9, 2012

    I think this story hit it right on the head. Yeah, hope no one took this as a literal translation of what happens when you die, but the concept has always rung so true to me. A concept like this not only explains the beliefs of others, but it changes your whole relationship with others. It’s a friendship with yourself, god.

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    Profile photo of Zulfikar Zaban Zulfikar Zaban (0) August 8, 2012

    This seems to be influenced by the Hindu Vedanta Philosophy…

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    Profile photo of snowowl snowowl (0) August 4, 2012

    That’s a fantastic perspective. Kind of what Neale Donald Walsch says, ‘we are all one’. Great story;-)

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      Profile photo of tixximmi tixximmi (1) August 4, 2012

      As the Beatles said,
      I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.
      Or Zappa,
      You are what you is.

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    Profile photo of Stone Stone (42) July 30, 2012

    no, good story…but no..

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      Profile photo of MamaM319 MamaM319 (0) December 31, 2014

      Oddly enough that’s how i feel about EVERY religious book out there. Good story but… no.

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      Profile photo of dat_Goodfeeling dat_Goodfeeling (0) August 14, 2012

      Here you go stone! Here is a great quote that I believe, says a lot about ourselves.

      “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser men so full of doubts.”
      ― Bertrand Russell

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        Profile photo of IcepickCatfish IcepickCatfish (1) December 10, 2013

        Did you three notice how you basically said to Stone, “no…”?
        I realize that you said a little more than that, but perhaps Stone thought a little more than he said. In the end, perhaps he’s right. Again, perhaps he’s not; but realize how definite your beliefs are – just as definite as his. You may definitely believe that truth is relative, or you may definitely be unsure of what you believe. But realize that when you call someone ignorant for having a precisely defined belief, I wonder if you are not the one who is ignorant of the nature of belief?

        Just a thought :)

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      Profile photo of Mr. Arbiter Mr. Arbiter (86) August 7, 2012

      Get off high existence stone. And come back when you have an open mind and realize you know nothing about anything. Then you can begin to learn.

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      Profile photo of Hellchylde Hellchylde (0) August 4, 2012

      Really?.. you’re right its a good STORY.. no need for you to be cynical about it. And anyways… how could you say no so quickly?.. I assume that you know all the secrets of life right? with all the fantastic things that real religions today claim that most people have no problem accepting. Yet, here, presented with this story, you act like this is ones beliefs and you are all ready to belittle them for it.

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    Profile photo of feather lady feather lady (0) August 10, 2012

    Great story. I went through EST many years ago and the concept was similar–we are really One, playing the ‘game of Life’. I like the twist at the end–takes it to a whole new level.

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    Profile photo of paddywestcott paddywestcott (0) August 25, 2012

    There is noting to fear. I can only assume that those that aggressively undermine such a concept are so deeply engrossed in their individuality that they are afraid of such responsibility. Imagine if you took this on board, the next time you had an issue with someone you would very quickly witness the loss of aggression in yourself. that’s got to be good.

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    Profile photo of tinagayle tinagayle (0) August 23, 2012

    I loved reading this story! Thanks.

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    Profile photo of Taylor Taylor (0) August 14, 2012

    Love this!

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    Profile photo of Samantha Rose Schaefer Samantha Rose Schaefer (25) August 13, 2012

    Amazing composition! Ignore all the bad comments. What you wrote is extremely possible. More likely than any traditional tale.

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    Profile photo of christina christina (0) August 26, 2012

    Wow just wow… Loved reading this…every single word of it. Especially since “I” wrote it at some point in my transition through human lives =-)