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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Mon, 02/28/2011 - 1:04am
cerveau Says:
Mon, 02/28/2011 - 4:40am
blazen Says:

this is a great highdea. how long did it take you to come up with the dialogue?

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 5:31am

I didn't want this to end. Wowwwwwww. I just wrote something like this before I read this and this is exacty what I was getting at. Wowwwww.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 1:36pm
blazephase Says:

Well, definitely reminds me of the starchild theme behind 2001: A Space Oddysey

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 2:58am
Tolnoc Says:

uh... wow. dude. you should write books. but move to amsterdam first so you smoke unbothered.

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 4:17am

Dude. seriously make this a religion. im making this my new religion. this sole idea is amazing. like wow. fucking mindblowing.

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 8:52am
Chasebro Says:

I was disappointed with the story.. I thought there would be some comedy or amazingness or something but just some silly story thats hard to follow because of the perspective. I didnt downvote or anything but.. I just read that whole damn wall of words and I had to spill my opinion.

Wed, 03/02/2011 - 12:33am
Wed, 03/02/2011 - 1:23am

this will always be my favorite highDEA. never ceases to make me tear up

Thu, 03/03/2011 - 6:06am
cooody Says:

Possibly the most eye opening piece of art iv ever been able to see!! I'm gonna end up reflecting on all this next time I shroom dude this is the shit!!!!!!!!

Thu, 03/03/2011 - 7:49pm
P-aNd-E Says:

I'm A Atheist And you can tell me im going to hell and all that. But this, this is just amazing i cant even think right now this just completely mind fucked me

Thu, 03/03/2011 - 10:42pm

This story was completely mind altering.. nearly change my whole perspective on life.

Thu, 03/03/2011 - 10:42pm

For the two days following, I looked at everyone like they were me!

Fri, 03/04/2011 - 11:45am

I made an account just to upvote this.

Sat, 03/05/2011 - 2:51am

wow that really took me back a few steps....

Sat, 03/05/2011 - 4:27pm

whoa this is truly the best thing i have ever read

Mon, 03/07/2011 - 9:18am
iampadfoot Says:

blowing my mind dude. blowing my mind.

Tue, 03/08/2011 - 1:12am

shits fuckin retarded and doesnt make one bit of sense if you read it and actually think about it

Tue, 03/08/2011 - 2:26am
k8t Says:
Tue, 03/08/2011 - 1:56pm
Thu, 03/10/2011 - 2:54am
jad360 Says:
Thu, 03/10/2011 - 5:19am
Adagalarth Says:

Holy shit, this was so amazing, greatest highdea ever, thanks!

Thu, 03/10/2011 - 5:52pm

do unto others as you would have them do to you

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 5:51pm
Fri, 03/11/2011 - 7:04pm
Stonedgoat Says:

not even high, mind completely blown. one of the best highdeas ever.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 4:13am
matt7j Says:

This shit was scary, just had a scary tone to it man!

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 3:44pm
Sun, 03/13/2011 - 12:38am
Sun, 03/13/2011 - 2:59am
brittni131 Says:
Sun, 03/13/2011 - 2:06pm

Amazing story, totally mind fucked me at the end haha!

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 4:15pm
Fugi Says:

You're all saying what I would have said, which makes sense... because all of you are me. I have to add something to the weirdness of this, before I stumbled on this article I had a religious studies class, in which we were discussing almost this exact topic, way too weird that the firs thing I stumbled upon after that was this article, it was meant to be, without any doubt in my mind. So thank you for this, thank me for this, I guess I should say. ;)

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 4:16pm
Fugi Says:

You're all saying what I would have said, which makes sense... because all of you are me. I have to add something to the weirdness of this, before I stumbled on this article I had a religious studies class, in which we were discussing almost this exact topic, way too weird that the firs thing I stumbled upon after that was this article, it was meant to be, without any doubt in my mind. So thank you for this, thank me for this, I guess I should say. ;)

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 5:55pm
agoldman97 Says:

just thought i would share that this is the highdea that made me make an account.. comment what the highdea that made you make an account was

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 11:33pm
Tue, 03/15/2011 - 5:24pm
HighRobby Says:

So theoretically at some point in time there was or will be a perfect human because after they die they will transcend into the next level of existence... I wonder who he/she was/will be

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 5:35am

All I can say is wow, this was incredible. Thank you so much!

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 11:33pm
ladira19 Says:

This story was written by Andy Weir.
At least give credit to the original author, man.

Fri, 03/18/2011 - 11:08pm

I loved this. It made me think and that's what any good piece of literature should make you do. Thank you for sharing have a great day. :D

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 2:55pm
M.W.Y. Says:

The new stoner prophet has been discovered! xD

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 3:40am
vic3693 Says:

for real, I think its cool and all but its kind of a buzz kill and now Im kinda sad and not hungry anymore haha

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 6:29am

wow that was truely mindblowing...made me wanna cry.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 10:54pm
elliot Says:
Wed, 03/23/2011 - 2:24am
lilbear Says:

oh mY GOD!!! trippy.. trippy shit man, i love it.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 12:54pm
Lay-Z Says:

I swear I thought of something like this one time, the whole universe being created just for you. Never put this much thought into it. Absolutely amazing.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 1:01pm

Great story but if time did not exsist then he would already be a god because of that fact. he wouldn't have to evolve or grow because things do that over time and if there is no time he would instantly be a god. true or false?

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 11:19pm

u definitely weren't high when u wrote this.. thats cheaating

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 11:59pm
StayPuft Says:
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Fri, 03/25/2011 - 10:38am
DonTukki Says:

that was awsome, u should write a book or sum shyt

Sat, 03/26/2011 - 4:06pm

that was the most buituful thing i have ever read in my hole life.