"The egg"
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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Tue, 08/06/2013 - 11:22pm


Sat, 10/16/2010 - 10:18pm
doctorkush Says:
Tue, 08/06/2013 - 5:50pm
Meghanja Says:

To all the people who thinks the author copied this awesome story, this frankly, you don't get the highDEA at all.

If you do, then you'd know that you were the one who wrote this, because after all, you are, everybody.

Wed, 08/07/2013 - 12:04am

But though we are all one (assuming this is correct) credit is still due. I wrote something in my body and my body deserves the credit. Also check out my similar highdea: http://highdeas.com/hd/If_you_choose_not_to_decide_you_still_have_made_a_choice

Tue, 08/13/2013 - 10:47pm
RivrePaz Says:
Sat, 08/31/2013 - 8:09pm
Skillet91 Says:

Thanks for putting it in perspective.

Sun, 09/01/2013 - 11:34pm
peppur6 Says:
Mon, 09/02/2013 - 7:47pm
wfia Says:

if thats true( im not saying it is or isnt) then i wrote ^ this as well

Sat, 10/16/2010 - 10:56pm
Fri, 08/02/2013 - 5:12pm
Sea_Turtle Says:

you know he stole this right, not even stole he blatantly copy and pasted the same highdea. This was a highdea from way back here's the link


Sun, 08/04/2013 - 7:16pm
openfly Says:

Who gives a shit who said it first? Good stories get passed down from generation to generation. I guess today one would call it re-blogging or sharing or re-posting;it does not matter to me as long as I read it before my time is up.And sometimes I forget.

Mon, 08/05/2013 - 2:44am
stockstew Says:

I think the issue is that it is mentioned nowhere that this is not his work.

Wed, 08/07/2013 - 8:46pm

And that dude copy-pasted the same highdea too: http://highdeas.com/philosophy/The_egg

The point is awesome stories are worth making viral..

Buenas vibras =)

Mon, 08/05/2013 - 2:57am

it's actually by a guy named andy weird ( http://imgur.com/p8YHb ), it's a pretty fantastic story, i don't mind seeing it on the upcoming page. upvoting so more people have a chance to read it.

Tue, 08/06/2013 - 12:31pm

Yeah since its something worth reading I don't mind seeing it again. But I'm pretty sure this would be the 4th time this was made popular. I think its time for something new and more mind blowing..

Wed, 08/07/2013 - 12:07am

I appreciate you and respect you alien. Check out my highdea if youd like. Its already been popular but im fairly proud of it. http://highdeas.com/hd/If_you_choose_not_to_decide_you_still_have_made_a_choice

Wed, 08/07/2013 - 9:47pm

Thanks man, likewise. And that was crazy deep. Definitely the best highdea I read in a while.

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 1:05am

Thanks man love to hear it! Any highdeas of yours you would recommend?

Wed, 08/07/2013 - 7:15pm
ASneaver Says:
Sun, 10/17/2010 - 12:19am

LOL, everytime you fucked someone you were fucking yourself!!!

Mon, 10/18/2010 - 8:27pm

This was an awesome story and I just accidentally down voted it bc I am blazed trying to read these from my iPhone. I am sorry ha and just wanted to go on record saying I like this post

"Live as if..."

Wed, 10/27/2010 - 12:40am
bender Says:
Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:32am

This made my night and Im not even high! Correcting that presently

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 11:07am
coryvv Says:

this definatly sounds like a quote from a book. i'd like to publish my own quote from my brothers book but idk if its safe, i don't want people going off and writing it as their own!

Tue, 07/30/2013 - 9:57pm
stockstew Says:

Brilliant. Could've sworn I've seen this before? Don't know if it was the same person who posted. Either way it was nice to re-read.

Wed, 07/31/2013 - 2:45am

I remember when I had first read this ob the upcoming page. Amazing

Wed, 07/31/2013 - 2:45am

I remember when I had first read this ob the upcoming page. Amazing

Tue, 08/06/2013 - 3:43pm
Tue, 08/06/2013 - 4:39pm
RJDukart Says:

This kind of made life make sense. Righteous, brother

Tue, 08/06/2013 - 8:51pm

Love this story every time I hear it. Thanks for sharing this man. There may have been people on here that have never read it and it's too amazing to not share.

Wed, 08/07/2013 - 12:02am
Hanzee92 Says:
Wed, 08/07/2013 - 2:33am

I imagined "you" as Morgan Freeman. dope.

Wed, 08/07/2013 - 9:06pm

I'm seriously laughing so hard I can't breathe. I thought the same thing.

Wed, 08/07/2013 - 2:38am

I get really high and confused a lot but this.....this blew my fucking mind

Sat, 08/10/2013 - 2:03pm

dude i feel the same way i understand but im really confused

Wed, 08/07/2013 - 3:04pm
Wed, 08/07/2013 - 5:38pm
raiton12 Says:
Wed, 08/07/2013 - 7:14pm
ASneaver Says:

Holy shit that's fucking awesome I don't care who made this ,just knowing this right now is good enough for me.

Wed, 08/07/2013 - 8:37pm
Wed, 08/07/2013 - 9:28pm
Dno Says:

He wrote it more than a year after it was filmed and uploaded to youtube. It's like he reads minds of the past somehow, kinda like in the story!


Wed, 08/07/2013 - 9:50pm
mfae Says:

Andy Weir is a talented writer.. I love his work. Incredible thinker, actually. My cousin showed me this story about three years ago. Blew my mind. I'm glad other people are reading it too.

Wed, 08/07/2013 - 10:21pm

How Much Toke does a Stoner gotta smoke before he writes "The Egg"

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 12:50am
huti2500 Says:

http://gifrific.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Boy-That-Escalated-Quickly-Anchorman.gif My initial reaction which was promptly followed by this reaction http://img.pandawhale.com/45822-jon-stewart-mind-blown-gif-Vc5S.gif

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 6:09am
BakkkedOut Says:

Writing about eggs should be a hobby man! Who cares what people write about thats the point of a HIGHDEA

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 3:02pm
Thu, 08/08/2013 - 9:16pm

so im you and your me and we are all the same? mind blown!

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 1:11am

i wish the spiders would stop buttering my toast with purple blankets XD

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 3:01am
FatDrake Says:

i want whatever strain you smoked for this... mind blew out my head!

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 1:16pm

"This is a repost!"

"....yeah, but its a fucking sweet repost."

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 5:40pm

this is the best thing i have ever read, thank you.. and in fact thank me.

Sat, 08/10/2013 - 8:51pm

highdeas should be original. no one wants to read the same shit twice.