Worth The Read!
By: Andy Weir
Von were on your way home when you
It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable. but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two c
no av Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off. trust me.
Wren. It was a pa less death. The tried their best to save you. but to
And that' s when you met me.
what... what happened?“ Von asked. -where am l?"
You died." I sat . ' No point in mincing words.
There was a... a truck and it was skidding-"
Yup." I said.
Yup. But don' t feel bad Aron
Everyone dies." I s
Von looked around. There was nothingness. Just you and me. "What is this place?" You asked. -Is this the arteriole?"
More or less." I mi _
Are you god?" Von asked.
My kids... my wife." you said.
What about them?"
they be all right?"
That' s what I like to see." I mid. "You Just died and your main concern is tor your family. That' s good stuff right there."
Von looked at me with fascination. To you. I didn' t look
teacher than the almighty.
e God. I jun looked like some man. or possibly a woman. Some vague authority figure. maybe. More of a grammar school
Don' t worry." I said "They'" be tijx Your kids w remember you as perfect in every way. They didn' t have time to grow contempt tor you. Your wife cry on the outside. but
be secretly relieved. To be fair. your marriage was fa m apart. If it' s any consolation. she' ll feel very guilty tor feeling relieved."
Oh." you mid. "So what happens now? Do I go to heaven or hen or something?"
Neither." I said. -vou' ll be reincarnated.-
Ah." you mid. "So the Hindus were right."
cm 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 mid. -It' s jun 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 aria everything I did in thi lite won' t matter."
Not soi" I said. "You have within you all the knowledge aria experiences of all your past I es. Von jun don' t remember them right now.-
I stopped walking rid took you by the shoulders. "Your soul is more
what you are. It' s sticking your anger in a glass of water to see i
experiences it had.
agna cent. beautiful. aria antic than you can possibly imagine. A human mind can only contain a tiny reactio of
x hot or cold. Von put a y part of yourself into the vessel. aria when you bring it back out. you' gained all the
You' been in a human tor the last my years. so you haven' t stretched out yet aria felt the rest of your immense consciousness. It we hung out here for long enough. you' d nan
remembering everything. But there' s no point to doing that between each
How many times have I been reincarnated. then?"
Oh lots. Lots and lots. An in to lots of different livee" I mi
This time around. you be a Chinese peasant girl in no AW"
wait. what?" You hammered. 'Vou' rt-. sending me back in time?"
well. I guess techn
Time. as you know it. only exists in your universe. Things are different where I come from.-
where you come trom?" Von 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
there. but honesly you wouldn' t .-
Oh." you said. a tile let down. "But wait. If I get reincarnated to other places in time. I could have interacted with myself at some poi t.-
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? vou' re asking me tor the meaning oft e? Isn' t that a file stereotypical?"
s a reasonable quest It,“ you persisted.
I looked you in the eye. "The meaning of lite. the reason I made this whole universe. is tor you to mature."
You mean mankind? Von want us to mature?"
No. jun you. I made this whole universe tor you. With each new lite you grow and mature and become a larger and greater intellect.-
Just me? What about everyone eke?"
There is no one else." I said. -In this universe. there' s Just you and me.-
Von narod blankly at me. "But all the people on earth-"
An you. Different incarnations of you.-
wait. I' m everytiem?"
Now you' re getting it." I said. with a congratulatory slap on the back.
I' m every human being who ever ed?"
Or who will ever live. yer"
in Abraham Lincoln?‘
And you' re John w Ikes Booth. too." I added.
I' m Hitler?" You said. appalled.
Ana you' re the m ed."
And you' re everyone who followed him."
You fell silent.
Every time you victimized someone.- I said. "you were victimizing yourself. Every ad of kindness you' done. you' done to yourself. Every happy and sad moment ever experienced
by any human was. or ll be. experienced by you-"
Von thought tor a long ti e.
Why?" Von asked me. "Why do all thi
Became someday. you w become I e me. Became that' s what you are. vou' re one of my
No. Not yet. vou' re a fetus. vou' re st I growing. once you' ed every human life throughout all time. you WI have grown enough to be born.-
So the whole univerce.‘ you said. "it' s Just-"
An egg.“ I answered. "Now it' s time tor you to move on to your next lite."
And I sent you on your way.