It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but
fatal nonetheless. Vou left behind a wife and two children. It
was a painless death. The am tried their best to save you.
but to no avail. Voer body was so utterly shattered you were
better off, trust me.
And that' s when you met me.
What... what happened?" Vou asked. "Where am i?"
Nou died." I said, . No point mincing words.
There was a... a truck and it was skidding..."
Nup." I said
Nup. But don' t feel bad about it. Everyone dies." I said.
Vou looked around. There was nothingness. Just you and me.
What is this parce?" Vou asked. "b this the afterthe?"
More or less." I said.
Are you god?" Vou asked.
Nup." I replied. Tm God."
My kids... my wife." you said.
What about them?"
will they be alright?"
That what I like to see." I said. Nou Just died and your main
concern is for your family. That' s good stuff right there."
Vou looked at me with fascination. To you. I didn' t look like
God. ajust looked like some man. Some vague authority
figure. More of a grammar school teacher than the almighty.
Dont worry." I said. They' ll be fine. Voer kids will remember
you as perfect in every way. They didn' t have time to grow
contempt for you. Voer 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
Oh." you said To what happens now? Do I go to heaven or
hell or something?"
Neither." I said. Nou' ll be reincarnated."
Ah." you said. To the Hindus were right."
All the religions are right in their own way." I said. "Walk with
Vou followed along as we strolled in the void. "Where are we
going?" "Nowhere in partiular." I said. "' s Just nice to walk
while we talk.‘
To what' s the point; then?" Vou 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 We won' t matter."
Not sol" I said. Nou have within you all the knowledge and
experiences of all your past lives. Vou Just don' t remember
them right now."
I stopped walking and took you by the shoulders. Nour soul
is more 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. Vou put a tiny part or
yourself into the vessel and when you bring it back out;
you' gained all the experiences it had."
Nou' been a human for the last M years. so you haven' t
stretched out yet and felt the rest of your immense
consciousness. If we hung out here for longer, you' d start
remembering everything. But there' s no point doing that
between each gfe."
How many times have I been reincarnated, then?"
Oh. lots. Lots and lots. And into lots of different gues." I said.
This time around you' ll be a Chinese peasant girl in 540
Wait; what?" Vou stammered. Nou' re sending me back in
Welt I guess technically. Time, as you know it; only exists in
your universe. Things are different where I come from."
Where do you come from?" Vou pondered.
Oh sure!" I explained. "l come from somewhere. somewhere
else. and there are others like me. I know you' ll want to
know what it' s like there but you honestly won' t
Oh." you said, a little let down. "But wait. If i get
reincarnated to other places in time, could I have interacted
with myself at some point?"
Ture. Happens all the time. And with both lives only aware
of their own timespan you don' t even know it' s happening."
To what' s the point of it ali?"
Seriously?" I asked. ‘Seriously? Voer asking me for the
meaning of life? Isn' t that a little stereotype's?"
Well it' s a reasonable question." you persisted.
I looked in your eye. The meaning of life, the reason I made
this whole universe. is for you to mature."
Nou mean mankind? Vou 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 intelect" "lust me? What about everyone ebe?"
There is no one else." I said. "In this universe. there' s Just you.
Vou stared blankly at me. "But all the people on earth..."
All you. Different incarnations of you."
Wait. I' m everyonee?"
Now you' re getting it." I said, with a congratulatory slap on
Tm every human who ever cued?"
Or who will ever live. yes."
Tm Abraham Lincoln?"
And you' re John Wilkes Booth, too." I added.
Tm Hitler?" you said, appalled.
And you' re the millions he killed."
And you' re everyone who followed him."
Vou fell silent.
Emery time you victimized someone." I said, Nou were
vict Hing yourself. Every act of kindness you' done.
you' done to yourself. Every happy and sad moment ever
experienced by any human was, or will be. experienced by
Why?" Vou asked me. "Why do all this?"
Because someday, you will become like me. Because that' s
what you are. Vou' re one of my kind. Vou' re my child."
Whoa." you said, incredulous. Nou mean I' m a god?"
No. Not yet. Vou' re a fetus. Vou' re still growing. Once
you' lived every human life throughout all time, you will
have grown enough to be born."
To the whole universe." you said. "' s Just..."
An egg of sorts." I answered. "Now its time for you to move
on to your next gfe."
And with that; I sent you on your way.