‘The Egg’ – Andy Weir

By Andy Weir on Thursday July 13th, 2017

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My Encounter with God

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.”

What lies within the nothingness?What lies within the nothingness?

“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.”

Are we all just souls reincarnating?Are we all just souls reincarnating?

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. An 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.”

Have you ever met someone and felt like you've known them forever?Have you ever met someone and felt like you’ve known them forever? Maybe you have…

“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.

One soul, all beings.One soul, all beings.

“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.

Words By Andy Weir

Originally posted on HighExistence, Challenging The Way You Live!




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37 Responses to ‘The Egg’ – Andy Weir

  1. Every good we do, we do to ourselves. Every evil we do, we do to ourselves. We are connected to every being on earth because we are one.

  2. This world is so sad, unjust, and brutal. I don’t want to come back. I’m looking forward to the day I’m free from it. Please let this not be true. This seems like a terribly abusive way to run creation.

  3. So were gods? I think not. Their is only one god and he is the most high. He rules over everyone and everything he is all good, not evil and the creator of life. Reincarnation idea was brought upon the egyptians in which they believe in mummification for the afterlife. When we die there will be judgement of all righteousness and nobody will be forgotten. Egyptians practiced alchemy and rituals which is a form of witchcraft with is evil in the eyes of the lord. God made us the parts of the human into three parts body, spirit, and soul just remember what he did for you upon that cross and no be brainwashed by these people of wrong works.

    • Good grief, man! If you are going to debate this, at least get your facts straight. Reincarnation came from India. I hope too that you understand that Jesus was reincarnated. He died, went to Hell, and came back to life looking different than he did before he died. Even his apostles didn’t recognize him until he began to speak!

      And as for this story, it’s just a parable being told to make you think about others differently. We ARE children of God and we ARE related to each other! When we hurt others, we are hurting our family and God’s creation! And—who really knows?—we just might be one soul. God’s ways are mysterious and we will not know everything until we meet Him in Heaven.

      So what’s the harm in thinking that others may be ourselves if it makes us grow spiritually? No one said we must abandon our religious viewpoints to think this way.

  4. That was amazing! What a great new perspective! I’m literally sitting here thinking about every person I’ve ever met in my life. Wondering about the meaning of old souls now. Astounding.

  5. WEIRD, is how I see “The Egg”! I get the one soul,well, borderline & one human being. New way at looking at maturing.

  6. Oh im stunned. Im a tragic agnostic and this story has hit my philosophy right on the head and expanded it. Its extraordinary

    • How about he was a character that represented your feminine nature, or superego? Satan represents your desirous masculine nature, or Id personality, and God is what you refer to as ” I “

    • Then he was a terrible prophet because he claimed to be God. So Jesus is either God, or a liar, or a madman, and certainly not a prophet.

  7. I have read this before and have the same reaction. I do not want to think that it’s only me here. I want to share the growth with others on their way too.

  8. This will change the way of Pleasure on earth. Enjoy every minute of life. Don’t waist ANY. PLEASE GOD HELP ME THROUGH THIS!!!!!!!

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