The Egg

3 years, 7 months ago

"You are the universe becoming aware of itself"- Carl Sagan
I loved this one i came across some time back and given the scene of discussion i think this might interest some.Enjoy

THE EGG(By Andy Weir)

You were on your way home when you died.
It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me.
And that’s when you met me.
“What… what happened?” You asked. “Where am I?”
“You died,” I said, matter-of-factly. No point in mincing words.
“There was a… a truck and it was skidding…”
“Yup,” I said.
“I… I died?”

“Yup. But don’t feel bad about it. Everyone dies,” I said.
You looked around. There was nothingness. Just you and me. “What is this place?” You asked. “Is this the afterlife?”

“More or less,” I said.
“Are you god?” You asked.

“Yup,” I replied. “I’m God.”
“My kids… my wife,” you said.
“What about them?”
“Will they be all right?”
“That’s what I like to see,” I said. “You just died and your main concern is for your family. That’s good stuff right there.”

You looked at me with fascination. To you, I didn’t look like God. I just looked like some man. Or possibly a woman. Some vague authority figure, maybe. More of a grammar school teacher than the almighty.
“Don’t worry,” I said. They’ll be fine. Your kids will remember you as perfect in every way. They didn’t have time to grow contempt for you. Your wife will cry on the outside, but will be secretly relieved. To be fair, your marriage was falling apart. If it’s any consolation, she’ll feel very guilty for feeling relieved.”
“Oh,” you said. “So what happens now? Do I go to heaven or hell or something?"

“Neither,” I said. “You’ll be reincarnated.”
“Ah,” you said. “So the Hindus were right,”
“All religions are right in their own way,” I said. “Walk with me.”
You followed along as we strode through the void. “Where are we going?”
“Nowhere in particular,” I said. “It’s just nice to walk while we talk.”
“So what’s the point, then?” You asked. “When I get reborn, I’ll just be a blank slate, right? A baby. So all my experiences and everything I did in this life won’t matter.”

“Not so!” I said. “You have within you all the knowledge and experiences of all your past lives. You just don’t remember them right now.”

I stopped walking and took you by the shoulders. “Your soul is more magnificent, beautiful, and gigantic than you can possibly imagine. A human mind can only contain a tiny fraction of what you are. It’s like sticking your finger in a glass of water to see if it’s hot or cold. You put a tiny part of yourself into the vessel, and when you bring it back out, you’ve gained all the experiences it had.
“You’ve been in a human for the last 48 years, so you haven’t stretched out yet and felt the rest of your immense consciousness. If we hung out here for long enough, you’d start remembering everything. But there’s no point to doing that between each life.”
“How many times have I been reincarnated, then?”

“Oh lots. Lots and lots. And into lots of different lives.” I said. “This time around, you’ll be a Chinese peasant girl in 540 AD.”
“Wait, what?” You stammered. “You’re sending me back in time?”

“Well, I guess technically. Time, as you know it, only exists in your universe. Things are different where I come from.”
“Where you come from?” You said.

“Oh sure,” I explained “I come from somewhere. Somewhere else. And there are others like me. I know you’ll want to know what it’s like there, but honestly you wouldn’t understand.”
“Oh,” you said, a little let down. “But wait. If I get reincarnated to other places in time, I could have interacted with myself at some point.”
“Sure. Happens all the time. And with both lives only aware of their own lifespan you don’t even know it’s happening.”
“So what’s the point of it all?”
“Seriously?” I asked. “Seriously? You’re asking me for the meaning of life? Isn’t that a little stereotypical?”
“Well it’s a reasonable question,” you persisted.

I looked you in the eye. “The meaning of life, the reason I made this whole universe, IS FOR YOU TO MATURE!”
“You mean mankind? You want us to mature?”

“No, just you. I made this whole universe for you. With each new life you grow and mature and become a larger and greater intellect.”
“Just me? What about everyone else?”

“There is no one else,” I said. “In this universe, there’s just you and me.”
You stared blankly at me. “But all the people on earth…”

“All you. Different incarnations of you.”
“Wait. I’m everyone!?”
“Now you’re getting it,” I said, with a congratulatory slap on the back.
“I’m every human being who ever lived?”

“Or who will ever live, yes.”

“I’m Abraham Lincoln?”
“And you’re John Wilkes Booth, too,” I added.
“I’m Hitler?” You said, appalled.
“And you’re the millions he killed.”
“I’m Jesus?”
“And you’re everyone who followed him.”

You fell silent.

“Every time you victimized someone,” I said, “you were victimizing yourself. Every act of kindness you’ve done, you’ve done to yourself. Every happy and sad moment ever experienced by any human was, or will be, experienced by you.”
You thought for a long time.
“Why?” You asked me. “Why do all this?”

“Because someday, you will become like me. Because that’s what you are. You’re one of my kind. You’re my child.”
“Whoa,” you said, incredulous. “You mean I’m a god?”

“No. NOT YET. You’re a fetus. You’re still growing. Once you’ve lived every human life throughout all time, you will have grown enough to be born.”
“So the whole universe,” you said, “it’s just…”

“An egg.” I answered. “Now it’s time for you to move on to your next life.”

And I sent you on your way….

September 8, 2011 at 7:10 pm

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Profile photo of ELI var namnet ELI var namnet (@manimal) 3 years, 7 months ago ago

I’ve read this thing before, it’s really great. So deep.

To me it even makes sense.

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Profile photo of Ellie Ellie M (@tangledupinplaid21) 3 years, 7 months ago ago

I finally understand Lady Gaga’s stunt at the Grammy’s. ;)

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Profile photo of Em Em (@emily) 3 years, 7 months ago ago

Syn. Ther. posted this awhile back somewhere.. I LOVE this :) Makes you look at everyone else a little differently huh :)

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Profile photo of Jonth Jonth (@gypsytricks) 3 years, 7 months ago ago

“Every time you victimized someone,” I said, “you were victimizing yourself. Every act of kindness you’ve done, you’ve done to yourself. Every happy and sad moment ever experienced by any human was, or will be, experienced by you.”

That part is the greatest.
You keep this in mind, and you will live as one should.

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Profile photo of Steven T Betz Steven T Betz (@heartscrub) 3 years, 7 months ago ago

I’ve never read this. I like it a lot.

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Profile photo of luigi luigi (@luigiblue) 3 years, 7 months ago ago

My mind just exploded. But yes, this is very interesting, kind of makes me look at things from a different perspective.

“Every time you victimized someone,” I said, “you were victimizing yourself. Every act of kindness you’ve done, you’ve done to yourself. Every happy and sad moment ever experienced by any human was, or will be, experienced by you.”

Absolutely LOVE that.

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Profile photo of Max H Max H (@traceur) 3 years, 7 months ago ago

Ah, I have read this before, I have such a profound love for the story. I find it amazingly interesting and though I do not believe in it, I try, and most often succeed, to live my life as if I did believe in it. Its quite inspirational for giving a person a good level of compassion =)

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Profile photo of Abhishek Murarka Abhishek Murarka (@infinity) 3 years, 7 months ago ago

So i’m not the only person that this story made introspective.I have no firm belief to rely upon, but this makes more sense than any ‘mainstream’ religious dogmas.
The best part is it makes me believe i wrote this!
:D 8-)

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 3 years, 7 months ago ago

one of my favorites!

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Profile photo of SomewhatRelative SomewhatRelative (@setu) 3 years, 7 months ago ago

I love the quote at the beginning! And I really enjoyed the story, thank you!

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Profile photo of SomewhatRelative SomewhatRelative (@setu) 3 years, 7 months ago ago

Abhishek! “Access denied!” I can’t see the picture.

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Profile photo of Abhishek Murarka Abhishek Murarka (@infinity) 3 years, 7 months ago ago
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Profile photo of Ditty Ditty (@aditya) 3 years, 7 months ago ago

Interesting cuz it makes sense :)

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Profile photo of Stephen Stephen C (@stepvhen) 3 years, 7 months ago ago

Words bro. Empty vapid words.

Come with me and take a look at the gap where you thought you were, the eternal void at the heart of your life right now. In from of your face right now, the void to which experience happens.

That’s what these honchos are talking about. One day you and me will get a whiskey in a pub somewhere in europe and sit back and gaze into it for a few hours.

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Profile photo of BiggieBalls BiggieBalls (@sonneborn) 2 years, 6 months ago ago

So every time you die God has to tell you this story over and over again? That would suck really bad for him.

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Profile photo of Shivvy Shivvy (@shivvy) 2 years, 6 months ago ago

So every time I have sex with someone I’m having sex with myself eh?

All joking aside, I can never get enough of this story. It’s so deep.

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