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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Sat, 04/23/2011 - 3:33am

This has to be one of the most beautiful things I've read in a long time.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 12:38pm
Tue, 04/26/2011 - 10:34am

You know, I've often thought of life as this before. Something of a virtual reality, where everyone, all of you don't really actually exist but are more like bots or computer AI's in a video game put here just to teach me lessons of sorts. I've also thought that maybe if my previous statement was true then I also may be a bot or computer AI put here to teach you lessons. Also if this is true then everything in life would make sense, therefore rendering life as we "humans" know it, useless. It's like playing a video game you've beaten several times over and over, similar to kicking a dead horse. So, that raises the question of what the fucks the point?

P.S. I love to smoke pot.

Tue, 04/26/2011 - 6:59pm
Stonedgoat Says:
Wed, 04/27/2011 - 1:51am
recmds Says:
Wed, 04/27/2011 - 1:56am

Whoever wrote this should write a movie. This is truly amazing.

Wed, 04/27/2011 - 4:35am

This is one of my all time favorites. Love it

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 11:58am
tessughh Says:

most amazing thing I have EVER read. thank you for that!

Sat, 04/30/2011 - 9:43pm

i used to think that the meaning of life was to prepare you for whats after you die. it seems like your story here takes my thought to another level. i feel kind of alone though, knowing that i might be the only one (if this is true). ah my mind cant handle all of this.

Sun, 05/01/2011 - 1:06am
Mon, 05/02/2011 - 2:39am
Nuggums Says:

Oh My God....that is beautiful...amazing.

Mon, 05/02/2011 - 10:27am
Wed, 05/04/2011 - 1:00am
Thu, 05/05/2011 - 7:41am
swaggeroon Says:

I've made a nice highdea in one of my lifes apparently

Thu, 05/05/2011 - 2:30pm
irocknight Says:

im sorry, but i found this on stunbleupon and you are not the author... this highdea was posted in 2010, and the original or one i found was posted in 2009.. this is the link

Thu, 05/05/2011 - 6:34pm

LOL at the comment on the original, "everytime you fucked someone, you fucked yourself"

Thu, 05/05/2011 - 6:32pm
Fri, 05/06/2011 - 12:53am
shtraceur Says:
Mon, 05/09/2011 - 12:08am

My dear friend,
I hope you realize...
That I am now in freak out mode.

Mon, 05/09/2011 - 12:41am

dude that really hit me deep dood. amazing HIGHdea.

Mon, 05/09/2011 - 2:55am

I'm crying right now. . . Damn. This just explained existence to me. I'm high while reading it too, so it's really awesome. . . Damn. . .

Mon, 05/09/2011 - 11:13pm
Sudafed Says:

You fucking faggot you got this shit off of /b/ on 4chan. Why would you take credit for someone else's magnificent beautiful philosophy and intellect. GOD. This is why we can't have nice things. BITCH.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 2:47am
3rendyn Says:

don't talk to urself like that man. wat are u gaining? technically, he wrote it, just in another form. eat it. i love me

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 7:29pm
Tue, 05/10/2011 - 8:03pm
shelbel124 Says:
Tue, 05/10/2011 - 9:14pm

C'mon man give credit to the author. "The Egg by Andy Weir."

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 1:37am

Im soooo glad im not high right now.... cause i would be over thinking the shit out of this.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 1:40am
Fri, 05/13/2011 - 2:08am
berdog Says:

did you write this? is it from somewhere else?

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 2:15pm
Fri, 05/13/2011 - 7:31pm

this in no idea at all.... maybe needs to be Story part of the site.
was cool tho

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 5:08pm
MCardozo Says:

After I read this I was just as mind-blown as you guys.
Then I start thinking, and this theory made me sad. I realized that I'm lonely in this world. Right now, I'm writing for myself about some story I wrote, in the website I created.

What made me even more sad, is know that when I'm smoking weed with my awesome buddies, I'm smoking it 'with myself'.

Just a warning, any kind of comments you make, I'll be making those.

Mindfuck story, by the way.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 6:46pm Says:

I'm in love with this. It makes perfect sense and relates to all major religions. Just wondering though, how did you come up with this? It's pure magic.

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 12:21am
Socrazy612 Says:

i totally agree, i mean when i read this i was like wow

Wed, 05/18/2011 - 2:35am
S4NcH0 Says:

ireread this everyday. my drama class has no clue my monolouge came from highDEAS though
-Toke Up.....One Love

Wed, 05/18/2011 - 5:53pm
Epal Says:

i have a feeling we weren't supposed to know that.

Sun, 05/22/2011 - 9:11pm
Trippn Says:

holy shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IM HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!! and all of u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
im the one who wrote this!!!! holy shit brain overload owwww i hav a headache!!!!!

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 12:20am
Socrazy612 Says:
Tue, 05/24/2011 - 12:23am

dude... I am a 260 lb football player from Penn State. A tear came out of my eye :'(

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 12:19am
Fri, 05/27/2011 - 3:11am

i thought that this is how things went, and now youve confirmed it. thank you

Mon, 05/30/2011 - 11:01am

Gave me the Chills man. that' was awesome

Thu, 06/02/2011 - 12:06am

Either I'm still high of I've read this somewhere else, either way, it still blows me away. :)

Thu, 06/02/2011 - 1:24pm
eyenerve Says:

my body jst tingled and i got goosebumos and i could almost hear the piano playing in the background.. that was amazing.

Thu, 06/02/2011 - 5:48pm
danielkush Says:

Holy shit. Everyone is one. So if your reading this comment u posted it in another life.

Sat, 06/04/2011 - 1:49am
Sat, 06/04/2011 - 4:26am
Alden Says:

Is it weird that after reading this everything makes sense to me now? The belief of reincarnation, karma, the thought that we are like an A.I., Plato's theory that we are born with all the knowledge in the universe and when we learn something we're just remembering it. Tweak all those slightly and it matches this story.

I found religion in a HighDEA? Yes. Yes I did.

Tue, 06/07/2011 - 1:47pm
WTFrick Says:

so then this guy has been fucking himself during the whole span of mankind?

Tue, 06/07/2011 - 9:19pm
BedIsABed Says:

If this were a religion I'd follow it just 'cause if everyone believed it, the world would be such a better place. Who cares if it's not true.

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 3:10am
r1ckyyface Says: