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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Comments

 
Sat, 09/18/2010 - 9:24pm

If anyone was wondering, this was originally written by Andy Weir.

 
 
Mon, 10/04/2010 - 7:11pm

thank you. i knew i'd fuckin read it before!

 
 
Sun, 09/19/2010 - 2:57pm
I3ongzilla Says:

any post with over 400 ups is totally worth it

 
 
Thu, 09/16/2010 - 1:21pm
Sage Says:

ive seen this before but totally forgot about it
thanks for reminding me :)

 
 
Thu, 09/16/2010 - 1:26pm
Jackal424 Says:
 
 
Thu, 09/16/2010 - 1:27pm
kiki2010 Says:
 
 
Thu, 09/16/2010 - 1:42pm
JstnBokor Says:

No i won't take credit for writing it but it also blew my mind as well :D I COULD BE YOU. YOU COULD BE ME IN ANOTHER LIFE LIKE WTF

 
 
Thu, 09/16/2010 - 2:57pm
RaverRyRy Says:

I am hoping this gets popular! This was extreamly moving to read and i thank you for sharing this knowledge with me! mind=blownGet High and Fly, Marijuana will Never Die!

 
 
Thu, 09/16/2010 - 5:32pm

good shit someone took a pic of that on 4chan and sent it to me

 
 
Thu, 09/16/2010 - 5:52pm
weedgar Says:
 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 2:51am
 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 4:30pm

my mind is officialy blown!!! am i the only one who read all of this??? holy shit...

 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 8:33pm
Kkush Says:

beautiful. everyone needs to take the time to read this.

 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 8:48pm
Smokeherb Says:

damn.....damn....DAMN THAT WAS SOME CRAZY SHIT MAN!!

 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 8:49pm
Smokeherb Says:
 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 8:58pm

Very beautiful. An extremely enjoyable read that I think I will save and show everyone I can.

Chico, California

 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:00pm
FlyWalk Says:
 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:01pm
dagoods005 Says:

my mind is splattered on the wall behind me

 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:03pm
IgOtGrEenS Says:
 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:03pm
blink18241 Says:

I remember reading this so long ago. Glad it finally got published.
Reallly makes me think.

 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:04pm
HighRose Says:

I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i actually teared up a little bit!!!!!

 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:08pm
baiaotou Says:

you could start a totally unique and very logical religion. most of this shit ive taught people for years. (not professionally but i tend to talk peoples ears off about my philosophy studies, martial arts and religions and such.) i loved this highdea. our minds are two of a kind

ganja connoisseur

 
 
Wed, 09/22/2010 - 7:05pm
Just_Blaze Says:

I'm pretty sure one already exists. It's called Science.

 
 
Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:29pm

Only because you don't know what a religion is.

 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:08pm
dutchie Says:

Brilliant, I couldn't stop reading! And it set me thinking too, thnx!

 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:11pm

Great piece. Logged in just to upvote and comment.
awesome

 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:12pm
stayreefed Says:

dude....you didn't make that up, i know for a fact i have read that before...i dont mean to sound like a dick

 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 11:34pm

yeah somebody a while ago posted a link to this post it blew my mind too its not a bad thing that they wrote it all down instead of linking it and they didnt take credit for it either so its all chill its cool that more people are getting to read it cuz whoever did write this is a genius and needs more people to read it especially us stoners! :D

 
 
Sat, 09/18/2010 - 2:04pm
n1ckl337 Says:

But didn't he? Because he is the person who first thought this up, the person who wrote it on highDEAS, and you, who told him he didn't write it.

 
 
Sat, 09/18/2010 - 9:09pm
wauiwowie Says:

he said he didnt in an earlier comment

 
 
Fri, 12/03/2010 - 8:16pm

^ he said he won't take credit for writing it. like 20 comments up.

I can't smoke every day (random drug tests at my school) but the last time i did i got to a very deep level and had some self realizations that wouldn't have happened if i hadn't smoked. As soon as i graduate, which is this year, im going to smoke as much as i can and try and get rid of the negative thoughts and aspects of my life. This post is very philosophical and I appreciated reading it very much. I hope more people who read this story and its comments take a minute to see the good in others before they cause pain.

 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:13pm
scoobadoob Says:
 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:17pm
eykntspel Says:
 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:18pm
Mr.Kite Says:

OHHHHH Shit! That gave me goosebumps.

 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:20pm
STEEZ Says:

sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesh

"Its just a flower man, so do it."

 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:22pm
Frenchs420 Says:
 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:35pm

I'm so baked i thought the main character was an egg the whole time haha

 
 
Sun, 09/19/2010 - 1:36am
4k2g0 Says:
 
 
Mon, 09/20/2010 - 5:38am
 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:44pm

So, that means when you're talking to God, you're talking to your future self...shit.

 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:48pm
shep420 Says:

Oh come on I posted this like 2 weeks ago and got like 7 votes

 
 
Sat, 09/18/2010 - 4:09am
 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:49pm
 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:50pm

probably the best highdea ive ever seen in my existence...and apparently i just posted a bunch of different coments from a bunch of different me's at a bunch of different times... im amazed

 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:53pm
 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 10:01pm

dont know if it's true or not...but for lols...

IF I AM YOU, THEN WHO am I? IF YOU ARE HIM THEN WHO IS ME??

aaah I fail at doing that LOL

anyways epic post. it would be cool if we were all different though. who knows :P

 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 10:14pm
 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 10:37pm
jpardue13 Says:

haha i posted this like 2 and a half months ago and only got like 5 votes, http://highdeas.com/lifestyle/A_Good_Explination.

anyway, the original is here http://www.dump.com/2010/07/07/the-egg-pic/

 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 10:39pm
 
 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 10:42pm
anthrax Says:

Dude... that was simply amazing, I got goosebumps. Prob my fav highdea of all time