Monday, April 29, 2013

The Egg


By: jstnbokor
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.

25 comments:

  1. Thats a great story. before i read this i had already thought of this concept of living the life of everything that has existed. but not everyone being one or me being everybody lol. mind-blowing.

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  2. MIND BLOWING.

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  3. it touch me deep inside ,i luv it

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  4. This is actually how I've always perceived everything, spot on too. Great way to put it into story form, well done.

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  5. "Higher Perspective seeks to increase the spread of knowledge, bring together open and like minded individuals focused on expanding their consciousness, and encourage people to question EVERYTHING"

    the first thing people should question is why the fuck they are listening to/engaging with this bull shit

    bugger me even standard religions hold up better than this bollocks!

    with contempt, Mr.Brown

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    1. Awwww somebody didn't understand...

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    2. Haha! Johnny, I adore you!

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    3. Jessie: Adoring yourself again? ;)

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    4. Try some shrooms bro, then come back to us

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    5. It's just a story dude, dont get my knickers in a knot.. lol

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  6. While I'm confident there is quite a bit of truth to some of this story, I also think the 'God'-figure's statement, "all religions are right in their own way," can (and should) be applied just as easily to the story itself. It's an interesting twist on "The Golden Rule": Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. However, I don't think it's really necessary, or accurate even, to suggest this is so because everyone IS you. Still, I recognize that the ultimate message of the story is good, and it provides an intriguing concept nonetheless.

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    1. necessary or accurate? it's a story...not an assertion of fact. from my perspective, i interpret that element as fundamental to the tale...

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  7. While I'm confident there is quite a bit of truth to some of this story, I also think the 'God'-figure's statement, "all religions are right in their own way," can (and should) be applied just as easily to the story itself. Its central conceit is an interesting twist on "The Golden Rule": Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. However, I don't think it's really necessary, or accurate even, to suggest this is so because everyone IS you. Still, I recognize that the ultimate message of the story is good, and provides an intriguing concept nonetheless.

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  8. it's great to see so many people posting, "this is how i've always seen it". I thought I was the only one, but now i don't feel like such a loner! :)

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  9. A lot of what was written here has occured to me at some point, I could just never put it all into words. Loved reading this.

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  10. Great stuff! Thank you.

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  11. nice story...and the notion of ubiquity and experiencing all could help me resolve a personal puzzlement -- that being that we are all connected, all one; yet, to toss the coin, each of us, indisputably, exists within our individual realities, experiencing life from distinctly personal perspective interpreted through distinctly personal worldview and life experience.

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  12. Awesome !

    This is what Hindu teachings are ,this is in perfect harmony with the holy Bhagavat-gita .

    Once you realize that you are non other than what you see ,perceive ......etc the feeling of self and ego (maya or matrix) will no longer bound you ,now you are in perfect harmony with the supreme spirit (Brahman)

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  13. So this guy was alive to tell the story?

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  14. In lakech a la kin

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    1. What a wonderful imagination you have. Definitely follows along with treat others as you wish to be treated.

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