The plot supposedly happened in an intervening period between death and rebirth. A man, who just died due to a road accident, conversed with his Maker. Their exchange is both revealing and challenging. This is the shortest story I have come across so far. In less than 1000 words, Andy Weir has provided us a pensive and relevant read, giving us a clearer view of our ethical obligations – accountability and respect for others.
Your soul is more magnificent, beautiful, and gigantic than you can possibly imagine.
My first thoughts after reading this are Apostle Paul’s words to the Philippians and Romans. For someone who claimed to be an agnostic, Weir have resonated Paul’s message accurately. Which begged the question, “If I am not a believer of God and human soul, will I appreciate this story?” Yes, I will. Weir is not pushing his readers to accept the concept of God or a human soul, but appeals to our compassionate trait. As he said in his online interview:
I wanted to come up with some way to look at the world such that life was fair. A way where everyone came out even in the end. This is what I came up with.
Every act of kindness you’ve done, you’ve done to yourself.
I really love how Weir succinctly conveyed this golden rule. Our lives are created from the effects of all the decisions and actions we have taken, whatever we do will come full circle.
Read this story at Galactanet.
Watch the video adaptation on youtube.
Rating: 5/5 stars