It’s one of the greatest and most profound questions of all time: Is there life after death?
Even ancient philosophers were divided on the issue, but every culture in history has had some notion of continued existence.
Today, well-known atheists such as Carl Sagan have argued, “The absence of evidence isn’t evidence of absence.”
A tale of two unborn babies in the womb is turning the debate on its head, daring to shed light on the age-old question from a unique and previously overlooked perspective.
The following tale, “Life After Birth,” which has an unknown author and is published in various versions, has been making its rounds on the Internet:
In a mother’s womb were two babies.
“Do you believe in life after delivery?” one twin asks.
“Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later,” the other replies.
“Nonsense,” says the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”
The second responds, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”
The first replies, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”
But the second insists, “I think there is something, and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”
The first replies, “Nonsense. Moreover, if there is life, then why has no one ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life. In the after-delivery, there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”
“Well, I don’t know,” says the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother, and she will take care of us.”
The first replies, “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists, then where is she now?”
The second says, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of her. It is in her that we live. Without her, this world would not and could not exist.”
Says the first: “Well I don’t see her, so it is only logical that she doesn’t exist.”
But then the second twin answers, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive her presence, and you can hear her loving voice, calling down from above.”