I came across this extended analogy a few months back and I have been absolutely fascinated by the comparison since. Whether you consider yourself to be a religious/spiritual person or not, the concept of 'something bigger than us' is one that rears its head every so often and gets our cogs churnin'. This beautifully written analogy was one that had me questioning what I believed waited for me at the end of 'this' life and is an interesting perspective for how we can view our world and our occasionally limited vision of what's beyond it.
Am unborn set of twins are having a conversation in their mother’s womb.
“Tell me, do you believe in life after birth?” asks one of the twins.
“Yes, definitely! In here we are growing and gaining strength for what will face us on the outside,” answers the other.
“That is utter nonsense!” says the first one. “There cannot be life after birth; how is that supposed to look, may I ask?”
“I don’t exactly know myself, but it will certainly be much lighter out there than in here. And perhaps we will actually be running around on our legs and eating with our mouths.”
“I have never heard such nonsense! Eating with your mouth, what a crazy idea! That’s what we have umbilical cords for, to feed us. And you want to run around? It would never work; the umbilical cord is much too short!”
“It will work for sure. It will all be a little different.”
“You are crazy! Nobody has ever come back from after birth! Life ends with our birth and that’s it! Period.”
“I must admit that nobody nows what life will look like after our birth. But I know that we will get to see our mother and that she will take care of us.”
“Mother? You are trying to tell me that you believe in a mother? Well, where then is our mother?”
“Well, here! All around us. We are alive in her and through her. Without her we could not exist!”
“Rubbish! I have never noticed anything of a mother. Therefore, a mother cannot exist.”
It’s true! Sometimes when you are really quiet, you can hear her sing or you can feel when she lovingly caresses our world!”