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.

The Egg – A Short Story
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100 thoughts on “The Egg – A Short Story

  • August 29, 2019 at 12:13 pm
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    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: http://shop.kurzgesagt.org

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:08 am
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    Could the “us” person also be the god? Could then the god always be reincarnated as itself into a human and then into a god that gives birth to itself? If so is it all just a long loop?

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:08 am
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    Is this a theory? Or some religion? Or just a deep story? I'm having an existential crisis now AHHH

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:08 am
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    So… who is the last person to live before we get to be born into the afterlife?
    And whoever that last life is, their life has already been completed so how does it work?
    I wonder where the true “soul/conscious” is right now. Is it inside me? Or someone else? Who knows. Maybe it IS me. I feel like I’m conscious and acting on my own, but who knows I could just be a random real life npc and not even know it.
    It’s so funny to think that I could’ve been conscious as dad or my mom once and I simply don’t remember. It’s mind blowing

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:09 am
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    few movies made me cry. This was one of them.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:10 am
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    Magnificent! Magnificent!!

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:12 am
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    GOD: All of the people are YOU.
    Man: That fuckin' Truck Driver too?
    …………
    GOD: Predestination baby!!!

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:12 am
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    This made me cry at the end

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:12 am
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    I fear death a little less now. Granted this may all just be a story😊

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:13 am
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    next time we die. god is not there. only kurzggesagt video on iphone.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:13 am
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    you could make a religion out of this

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:14 am
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    Help
    why am i this

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:15 am
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    So if I went on a date I would basically be bringing a mirror to dinner.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:16 am
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    "You can make a religion out of this"

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:19 am
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    Hey, me

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:22 am
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    OK!! so why put the name of the author when this story is by you me and essentially everyone.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:22 am
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    Is this the start of konosuba season 3

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:23 am
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    shouldnt have said egg comments lets commence the eggening EGG EGG EGG EGG EGG

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    Wheres's my MONEY i made from making such a creative video

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:29 am
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    Alabama 7,530,000,000

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:30 am
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    Zones out

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:30 am
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    This shit got me fucked up

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:31 am
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    Wow then, I wish at least one version of me will be my friend.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:32 am
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    Mind fuck level god.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:35 am
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    Puts a new turn on the phrase "go fuck yourself" doesn't it?

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:35 am
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    This is a good video, but… Has the writer listened to Everybody by Logic? That album has the same story. Some parts are close to word for word.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:36 am
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    Can’t wait to see an “allah saved them or me” In the comments

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:36 am
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    and when one does become god where does the new being come from to go through all these lives???

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:36 am
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    ok the universe is an egg, it contains tiny living cells which are us and when we form universal peace and empathy we will 'hatch' into a greater being made of our civilization but to do that we have to have the same commitment as the cells in our body: being different in every way but always willing to cooperate for the greater good

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:38 am
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    But if we're all one entity, aren't all those entities one entity? And what do you have to learn from yourself that you don't already know if all of existence is you?

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:38 am
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    i have never had a girlfriend maybe you all should send your wives to me! its essentially you helping yourself.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:38 am
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    Watching this while stone is really relaxing

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:39 am
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    What are you doing,are you trying to make new religion or what,that just so stupid.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:40 am
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    So I created this video and I supported myself do to this and now I brain wash me? Some of me so confused, laughing, getting angry because I was expecting science video other than religion

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:41 am
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    I've surely watch/know this on other channel. 😄

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:42 am
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    OK!!! so why put the name of the author when this story is by you me and essentially everyone..

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:43 am
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    This is really weird.
    When i watched this, i got the feeling that i already watch this video. Is it a dejavu?

    It really make my mind blowing – in a way that it is shocked me. Most of it is part of things that i do believed, perhaps?

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:43 am
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    shit i just kissed myself

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:44 am
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    So You technically had sex with yourself .

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:44 am
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    This is just brilliant.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:44 am
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    For those who don't know, Andy Weir is the author of 'The Martian' that got turned into a film where Matt Damon got stranded on Mars.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:45 am
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    Very thought provoking

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:45 am
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    I’m disliking my own video

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:45 am
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    i have never had a girlfriend maybe you all should send your wives to me! its essentially you helping yourself.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:45 am
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    Aaaaah aaaaaaaah I CANT aaaaaah MY BRIAN!!!

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:46 am
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    hmm the children didn't grow old enough to hate you huh …… 1:45

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:47 am
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    where's my money you made from selling egg posters i made kurzgesagt

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:48 am
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    Wow this was amazing!

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:48 am
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    Yep you're the universe observing itself. Good shit guys

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:48 am
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    Me: Who will I be when I'm reincarnated?

    God: d u t e r t e

    Me: HMMMMMMMMMMMMM

    God: YEET

    yeets me back to existence

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:48 am
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    WHERE'S MY MONEY YOU MADE FROM SELLING EGG POSTERS I MADE KURZGESAGT.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:49 am
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    Someone's been acid tripping….someone…..

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:50 am
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    DOES THIS MEAN I AM APART OF YOU?

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:50 am
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    Moral of the story : if you have s*x with your wife or your husband you are technically fapping or doing incest :V

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    Kurzgesagt belief. So nice

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    Anyone else realize that this from Logic’s album… listen to the Album Everybody and play the first song and just listen to the end. It’s legit the same thing here… still tho this is fucking dope

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    It’s like explaining the Terminator timeline.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    It’s like explaining the Terminator timeline.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:52 am
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    Is it weird i knew all about this before this video?

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:54 am
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    I HAVE NEVER HAD A GIRLFRIEND MAYBE YOU ALL SHOULD SEND YOUR WIVES TO ME! IT'S ESSENTIALLY YOU HELPING YOURSELF.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:54 am
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    This is the best video I made so far

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:54 am
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    I made this video

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:55 am
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    So I'm GaY To mYSelf iN a LiFe

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:55 am
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    attack on titan vibes in the beginning

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:56 am
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    I love this concept!

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:56 am
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    Make more of those

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:57 am
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    This is nonsense. It is like an insult for the all previous kurzgesagt videos!

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:59 am
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    WHY ANDY WIER WANTS TO TAKE CREDIT FOR THE STORY WHEN ESSENTIALLY ITS STORY BY EVERYONE????.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:00 am
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    Bro this is one of the best videos I’ve made in a long time

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:00 am
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    this changes literally most things iv ever done

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:01 am
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    i love the fact he is like wait what ur sending me back in time instead of telling him how he doesn't wanna be a CHINESE PEASANT GIRL

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:02 am
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    oh ye plus guys this is a story so i hate to break it to u but it isn't real but beautiful sound track too

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:02 am
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    Bruh this is so cool I dreamed a dream one night about how I was everyone else on this Earth with different versions and reincarnations, this is hands the down most interesting content I've ever seen

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:04 am
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    Thank you

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:04 am
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    I've thought about this story for a long time. If this was a religion, I think it'd actually be a good one!

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:04 am
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    Great. Now that car accident really made me look forward to getting a motorcycle.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:05 am
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    I've Loved this story for years! First time I've seen it on video, you did a Great job on it!

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:05 am
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    Wait, who is this "Me" ?? is it me or is it someone else??

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:06 am
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    i made you to destroy this planet!

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:06 am
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    Anyone else felt like they have watched this before?

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:06 am
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    what? so for a while I've been good at rocket league? nice..

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:06 am
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    Shit I made this, I watched it 7 million times, liked it 725k times, I'm the lowliest of the lives and also as great as a God, I'm everywhere, I'm everyone, I'm the entire universe in a different form, I'm you and you're me.
    I really liked the video.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:06 am
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    Basically hindu philosophy. No hell or heaven waiting for you.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:06 am
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    Truck-kun out here doing his job

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:07 am
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    Everyone is saying this was really beautiful, but I can’t see it. To me it’s a load of absolute rubbish, but if they’re enjoying it I’m glad it exists

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:07 am
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    Me: LMAO so am I bts
    remembers Heartbeat and DNA
    WAIT-

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:07 am
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    Woahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhghhhhhhhh I Know What The Meaning Of Life Isssss Nowwwww

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:07 am
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    That means it's ok to do anything to anybody. Awesome!

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:07 am
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    Logic – Hallelujah

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:09 am
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    This video is basically just droping 8 tabs of acid

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:10 am
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    Logic explored the exact same concept in his album "Everyone" in 2017. Interesting?

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:10 am
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    VEDANTA 101

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:11 am
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    So……incest is wincest?

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:12 am
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    Can't believe you made alt accounts to make the like count 725K. What a shame.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:12 am
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    The man got isekai’d

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:14 am
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    I HAVE NEVER HAD A GIRLFRIEND MAYBE YOU ALL SHOULD SEND YOUR WIVES TO ME! IT'S ESSENTIALLY YOU HELPING YOURSELF.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:14 am
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    So you are telling me that even I rejected myself?

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:15 am
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    MFW I have taken enough drugs to beleive this.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:16 am
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    I HAVE NEVER HAD A GIRLFRIEND MAYBE YOU ALL SHOULD SEND YOUR WIVES TO ME! IT'S ESSENTIALLY YOU HELPING YOURSELF.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:16 am
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    I loved Logics version of this story as well!
    -Waiting Room

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