The Egg – A Short Story

The Egg – A Short Story

You were on your way home when you died. It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, …but fatal nonetheless. It was a painless death. The medics 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 happened?” “Where am I?” “You died,” I said, matter-of-factly. No point in mincing words. “There was… there was a truck… …and it was skidding.” “Yes.” “I…” “I… I died?” “Yes.” “But don’t feel bad about it.” “Everyone dies.” You looked around. There was nothingness. Just you and me. “What is this place?” “Is this the afterlife?” “More or less.” “Are you God?” “Yes, I’m God.” “My kids, my wife…” “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. “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 contemptuous of 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… So, what happens now? Do I go to heaven or hell or something?” “Neither, you’ll be reincarnated.” “Ah,” “…so the Hindus were right.” “All religions are right in their own way. Walk with me.” You followed along as we strode through the void. “Where are we going?” “Nowhere in particular. It’s just nice to walk while we talk.” “So, what’s the point then? When I get reborn, …I’ll just be a blank slate, right? A baby. So, all my experiences and everything, …everything I did in this life, won’t matter?” “Not so. 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, …and into lots of different lives. This time around, …you’ll be a Chinese peasant girl in 540 A.D.” “Wait, what?” 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… where you come from?” “Oh sure, 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?” 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. 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’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’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 victimised someone, …you were victimising 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? 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!” “Wow!,” 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… 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.

David Anderson

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100 thoughts on “The Egg – A Short Story

  1. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell says:

    A Big Thanks to Andy Weir for allowing us to use his story!
    If you want to support us, please check out those beautiful Egg posters we made:

  2. eoSullivan says:

    Hol up. If I came back on time, and other are me, how is it possible to be 2 persons at the same this if I am only one? I'm living now, but the past was all me, and when I die I'll go to the past again, but that was me too, so I'm living myself again?

  3. Dr.Dinosaur64329 says:

    I wonder how many times the guy who died had had that conversation with the guy who made him

  4. Halen Heath says:

    This story was beautiful.

  5. JulioMs says:

    Lucas inutilismo me trouxe aqui

  6. 0 subscribers 1 million videos challenge says:

    this goes from 0 to lsd super fast.

  7. mateus araújo says:

    I would probably have a panic attack and punch him in the face

  8. Ellem says:

    morri q foda

  9. Vinicius Ribeiro says:

    Vim pelo Lucao, me sinto feliz depois de visto esse vídeo. Na real sempre me imaginei como responsável por todo o sofrimento que eu causo no mundo, somos todos responsáveis por isso a humanos é tão complexa fazemos coisas boas e ruins o tempo todo. Esse processo é o motor do amadurecimento da nossa sociedade, nunca seremos perfeitos, mas em algum momento estaremos razoavelmente bem

  10. Alysson Avila says:

    please, the name of the music on background

  11. king Smith says:

    Stop liking your own comment

  12. Nyah's World says:

    Listen to waiting room by logic it’s the same thing😂

  13. Jirat Kongsin says:

    But who is that "You"?

  14. AcidDome says:

    So everytime I have sex I'm f***ing myself?

  15. Mr_H1tmarker 39 says:

    No one:

    Kurzgesagt: Lets make a new religion

  16. DOLLYT0D says:

    garaio mermão

  17. Cooper Mackay says:

    I don't believe one bit of this.

    But cool story.

  18. X says:

    Doesn't this mean your parents who are you, fricked which means you fricked yourself.

  19. Ludwig van Beethoven says:

    Poor guy has to explain to the fetus over and over again after each life

  20. 徐福辰 says:


  21. Leo Yu says:

    There are 7.7 billion me on earth, I guess I’m really popular.

  22. Marina says:

    I'm in chock right now

  23. alberto ocaña says:


  24. David Key says:


  25. Aditya Mishra says:

    "So I'm Elon Musk?"
    "And every tree that he planted"

  26. M1k3yxD says:

    Soo I’m sold, where do I sign up for this religion?

  27. Horny Fruit Flies says:

    Kinda disappointing to see yet another anthropocentric take on life and the universe.

  28. eliot thaw says:

    I’m vegan so no eggs for me.

  29. Shark puppet Fan says:


  30. SaintsFan 09 says:

    So I fucked myself

  31. Lara Patandung says:

    Indonesia subtitle pleaseee

  32. Kawe Teixeira says:

    He fucked himself to have himself

  33. WhiteHawkUK says:

    So, a dog is truly the only friend a man has if he's not just a narcissist…

  34. krabs S says:

    Oh, poor guy, hes gona live my pathetic life :")

  35. Electro Afro says:

    I was searching for :what you egg
    And found this

  36. Agnieszka Cieszkowska says:

    Just found my Origin story 🙂
    Friend call me Egg cause of my name
    Agnieszka – Aggy – Eggy – Egg 🙂

  37. J_JoLT 42 says:

    I never thought something so depressing would make me feel less clinical about the world

  38. Matt Fuentes says:

    This story legit explains what i believe happens when you die

  39. Zues says:


  40. Blue Honey says:

    So if you had sex with someone and they're you, would that be masturbation or incest?

  41. DuckOnQuack says:

    Wife: "How could you do this to us? and with the DAMN BABYSITTER????"

    Me: "Honey, honey!… please let me explain… Have I ever told you the story about the Egg?"

  42. SC Play says:

    Wtf i cried

  43. Me, Myself, and I. says:

    nice concept, but it is just fantasy…

  44. Семён Маликов says:

    Kurzgesagt: Dying is the thing we must try to cure and it is not normal to accept death
    Also Kurzgesagt: we will all die

  45. Afw7554 says:

    I'm HiGh

  46. Afw7554 says:

    Basically it's all a simulation

  47. Android 18 says:

    Im explaining this to myself or 1will be back in time and create this video for myself

  48. The Lime Sheep says:

    I always thought I was completely superior to every other human.

    I still do, but now I respect others more

  49. Allanys G. Maidana says:


  50. Zack The Savage says:

    This was crazy and im not gonna think about any part of the story for my brain health

  51. Jéssica Meneguel says:

    Just another story better than the Bible.

  52. Fernando A. Bautista H. says:

    This should be on the Existential Crisis Playlist

  53. Olivr hrrll says:

    This actually all makes sense I thought about this all the time

  54. Cildum m says:

    me: but everyone did bad, why are you angry the test was just hard
    mother: you're not everyone

  55. Waterbottle says:

    “you were on your way home, when you died”
    me: okay… that exelerated quickly….

  56. Isa D says:

    It reminds me of "2001: A Space Odyssey", that movie really made me think.

  57. 1000 subs with no videos challenge ! says:

    why are you hitting yourself?

  58. JST of The Sumerian says:

    Noted you said mankind not human?? Clear that up foe me??

  59. Gopher McChuckles says:

    Wow what a loser I liked my own video 900k times.

  60. Malkia Penelope Ndoole says:

    i have to honestly say. im not impressed

  61. Sadie Savanna says:


  62. Н.Константин says:

    Вы удалили этот фильм на русском языке с других каналов. А сами не публикуете на своём канале.
    Люди старались, переводили на русский язык, а вы обесценили их труд.

  63. Yeetus Lurceetus says:

    That made me slightly happier about death

  64. GoGo BunnyBoi says:

    I love it which means we love it

  65. Calegoris _ says:

    Tendi foi nada kiskiskoskos

  66. oofity oofer says:

    everybody: doesn't like people that like their own comment to get popular
    kurzgesagt: im about to end this man's whole career

  67. oofity oofer says:

    So communism doesn't really work…

  68. Felipe Rodrigues says:

    Agora eu to aqui pensando sobre quando minha mãe diz “você não é todo mundo” :V

  69. Infinity Striker says:

    Wow that means im PewDiePie

  70. Tage Wahl says:

    This video really got me questioning my whole existence

  71. misrek says:

    So I am my mother, my father, my uncle, my son and my brother at the same time??

  72. Mallowtasu says:

    now i can't say "no u" aymore

  73. Harrison Tan says:

    0:44 He looks so happy when he says "YES"

  74. Martin Gomez says:

    I need likes

  75. Aécio Henrique says:

    I have no words in english for this video, so I have to use my native language witch is portuguese.
    Simplesmente fantástico! Uma coisa tão simples mas que ninguém imagina. A verdade absoluta deve ser algo tão simples quanto..

  76. Jimmy Melonseed says:

    I guess I’m an Eggcentric, follower of the Eggcentrist religion?

  77. lautaro albici says:

    Cuando bajas a los comentarios y son todos en inglés y no entendes un carajo!!!

  78. Axel Contreras says:


  79. Você na net zubumafu2 says:

    So whar i think i get from this is:that "god" made his child have to endure his own death and respawn over and over,so after each death he could learn for a few minutes every thing he has done,until he has to suffer again…
    Or he's just a boomer idk

  80. Ger Karpy says:

    No lo puede terminar, me da miedo

  81. yong.pablito :/ says:

    Tô com dor de cabeça

  82. Gamingzilla 151 says:

    i was happy sad and confused and crying beautiful absolutely beautiful ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  83. Sir. Tláloc says:

    Wow, I love this. I'm not someone very religious, I just think that all religions can be right, or wrong, I don't think there is one God, or that there are several.
    I only believe in a whole, a universe, a…us

    Before watching this video, I didn't know how to explain my theory about the universe and God, if it can be called theory (I have others, but they do not come to the case right now), and when I saw this, I knew exactly how to do it. Believing in something greater than oneself, a superuor entity, is a spiritual need of the human, and this is perfect: It is only that, a superior enity.

    Now I'm here, writing a comment in which I say random things on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, and I just want to thank Farah for sending me this video at 9:42 p.m.
    Follow your ideas, even if they seem absurd, it can become something that people really like. Greetings from Mexico, goodbye 😉

    EDIT: By the way, my worst fear is death and loneliness. To think that one day I will cease to exist and feel, makes me feel bad and afraid.
    This helped me a lot to reduce my fear, although I don't remember it when I reincarnate (if it's true), and forgetting is dying … I can die quietly in this life

  84. Landon Schulze says:

    This is remarkably close to what I've believed for a long time. Sure is nice to see it here.

  85. Kakes pq sim says:

    Oh oh oh
    Wow wow oh wow ok
    Just wow

  86. BamBamRocks29 says:


  87. Tom Vorat says:

    May I say "wow" at this trying time?

  88. El Jarocho Gacho says:

    Mis huevos

  89. farasapt says:

    so if the people in alabama commiting tax frauds and incest are just unmatured versions of us?

  90. Christian Bolea says:


  91. LightningGamer Plays says:

    DoEs tHaT meAN i am PeWdIepiE?

  92. Colour says:

    this is my religion now, thanks

  93. YuSuMe says:

    "I'm you"

    "I dont even know who you are"

  94. JonnyBoy Gr 2 says:

    Hello me! Nice video I made! Don't I agree?

  95. Gwenilamalice says:

    What about other spicies , animals , plants , muschrooms ?
    Shouldn't it be that we are all living things?
    or are there just other eggs ?
    but it wouldn't make any sense since spicies we're not separated the same before hence the evolution..
    Such a shame that oversight..
    That video was almost perfect

  96. Gushie1337 says:

    Ah yes, the EGG

  97. Galaxy Wolfie Gacha says:

    What a coinsidense! I just watched this video, but I started thinking *what if it is like that" 1 month agi

  98. Mannan Singla says:

    I have watched this video over 10M times
    And 10 times in this life

  99. Alessandro Torboli says:

    This is now my favourite video of YouTube

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