The Egg – A story about you, God and your death

… 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. An in to 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.

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32 thoughts on “The Egg – A story about you, God and your death

  1. I have had this thought myself, that everyone who is or ever was or will be is just another version or incarnation of a single being or existence. I would think that the “punishment” for poor choices in one lifetime would be that that lifetime would be forgotten and not be made a part of the memory of the whole experience. Time to start a new religion!

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  2. Kind of deep philosophically I suppose.. however pure hogwash at the same time. To believe that all religions lead to the same thing is to violate the fundamental exclusive beliefs of pretty much every religion. The law of non-contradiction does apply.

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    • “All religions are right in their own way”

      That last bit’s pretty important. It’s not saying they’re all the same, or that they all intend to have the same outcome, but rather that there are “bits and pieces” from each that are right. That could even refer just to being a good person, or being a peaceful person. There’s nothing contradictory in this proposition at all.

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  3. All religions DO lead to the same thing.

    The futility of them all.

    Get real, you are on your own dudes and dudettes.

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    • Grumpy, check out the interview I did with God a few years back, at ginterview.blogspot.com. To read it in proper order you have to read the first (oldest) entry first. There’s only 4 or 5. You’ll find that it is consistent with your point of view.

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  4. Nice little dose of post-modernism. But it doesn’t make sense, except from a philisophical standpoint. No real truth in it, however you slice it.

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  5. I don’t get it. I am not actually me? One of you is me? Who is it? Is it you? Or you? Maybe you? All right, one of you sunny beaches is me and I want to know who it is. Fess up. OOOhhh, I’m in turmoil.

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  6. Danny S, of COURSE you’ve had this thought yourself … only when you had it you were someone else … maybe that Andy Weir fella. And you know … I don’t know what pleases me more: knowing that I’m also Jonco or knowing that I’m also Infidel.

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  7. Nice, a new angle on the business of religion. Just clever enough that people may buy into it. They’ve bought into way more idiotic notions. I smell money.

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  8. Wait…..

    ‘ I’m Jesus ‘

    Jesus is one of the three parts of GOD. If I am Jesus, I am god. If that is so I am all there is and I have no-one to talk to ‘ you ‘.

    Time to start that 6 days of work, I guess.

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  9. I like this, but will there be sermons, you know, talking heads telling me how to interpret the religion (that’s a big yuk), and I hope the music is awsome.

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