By: Andy Weir
You were on your way home when you died.
It was a car accident, Frothiest particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left
behind a wife and two wk. it was a pantless death. The not tried titer best to save
you. but to no avail Your body was so utterly shattered you were better oft, trust me.
And that' s when you met me.
What... what happened?" You asked "Where am l?"
You died," I said. matter's anholy No in manila words.
Yup," I said,
Yup, But don' t feel bad about it, Everyone dies," l said.
You looked around. There was ", Just you and me. "What Is this plate?"
You asked “is this the afterlife F"
More or less,'' I said
Are you god?" Yon asked
Yup/' implied. "I' m Godf
My kids, maurice,'' you said
White about them?"
Will they he all rigtht" i'"
Hat' s what? we to see," I said. “You justified and your mart concern is your
family. That' s good stuff right there,"
You looked at me with fascination. To you, I didn' t look like God [just looked like
some man, Or possibly a woman Some vague author's mute. maybe. More of a
grammar school teacher than the arrighty.
Dart' t worry,“ I said "They' ll he tine., Your kids will remember you as perfect in
every way. They tilt’! have tiene tn grow may for you. You wife will toy on the
outside. but will be secretly relieved, To be fair. your marriage was falling apart. if Ts
any , tehe' ll feel very guilty for feeling relieved"
Oh." you said "Sty what happens now? Do I go to heaven or hell or something?"
Ah," you said, “So the Hindus were right,"
All religions awwright Either own way," I said. ",''
You followed along " we strode through the void, "Where are we gum ?"
Newhere in particular," I said "' s just nice to walk while we talc”
So what' s the with then?" You asked, "When I get reborn. I' ll just be a blank slate.
right? A baby, So all my rim and everything I did it this life won' t matter."
Tint sol” 1 said. "You have withc, you all the knowledge and experiences of all your
past lives. You just don' t remember them right now.‘
I stopped watcha and took you by the shoulders. "Your soul ts more WENT.
beautiful, and gigantic than you can possibly imagery, Aguman new can raly corsairs a
my fraction of what you are It' s lice suckng your strager in a glass of water to see if it' s
hot or cold You put a my part of yourself no the vessel, and when you it back out,
you’ gamed all the experiences it had.
You' been in a human for the last Atl years. so you haven' t outlet and
felt the rest of your immense retost: sourness- Ifhe hung out here for long enough, you' d
yawn But there' s no point to doing that between not life.”
How many times have I been , thm?"
Oh lots. Lots and lots. An it to lots of different livest t said. "This time around,
you' ll be a Clause peasant girl in no AD?'
wait, waiit?" You summed "You' re sending me back it true?"
Well, I guess Time, as you know it, only exists your miiverse, Ttime
are different where I come from.‘
Where you come front?" You said.
Oh sure,” t explained "l come from dramawhore. Somewhere else. And there are
others like me, I know you' ll want to know what " like there, but honestly you woomch' t
C) h/' you said, a little let down. “But wait If I get reincarnated to "m time,
I could have interacted with myself at some poke."
Sure. Happens all the time. And wth both lives only aware of that own lifespan you
So what' s the point of I all?"
seriously?" I asked "Seriously? You' re asking me for the of life? isn' t that
a little stereotypical?"
Well " a reasonable ," you persisted
I looked you it the eye. "The meaning of life. the reason Imade this whole universe.
is for you to ERNIE.”
You mean mankind? You want " to mature?"
Ho. just you. I made this whole universe Wynn. with each new Me you grow and
mature and become a larger and greater ""
Just me? Wamt about everyone else ?"
There is no one else," I said “In this universe. there' s just you and me."
You stared Emily at me. "But all the people on earth., . J'
not you, Different incarnations of you,"
Watt I' m everyhere?''
Ntss you' re getting ," I said, with a congratulatory slap on the back.
I' m every human being who ever laed?"
Ch: who will ever live, yes?'
I' m Amman Lib?"
And you' re John Wilkes Booth, taa," I added
I' m Ritter?" You said, appalled
And you' re the millions he killed”
And you' re everyone who followed hha''
You fell silent.
Every the you someone," I said. "you were mug yourself. Every
act of kin& ress you' done, you' done to yourself. Every happy and sad momment 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?"
Beta use someday. you will become We me, Because that' s what you are, You' re
one of my kind You' re my dild."
No. that yet. You' re a fetus. You' re still growing. Once you' lived every human
life ' I' all time. you will have grown enough to be born"
So the whole universe," you said, "it' s just. .3’
An egg" I answered "How it' s tine for you to move on to your next ME."
and I sent you on your way.