One of the best allegories I’ve ever heard


twins in a womb

In a mother’s womb were two babies.

One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?”

The other replies, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”

“Nonsense,” says the other. “There is no life after delivery. What would that life be?”

“I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths.”

The other says, “This is absurd! Walking is impossible. And eat with our mouths? Ridiculous. The umbilical cord supplies nutrition. Life after delivery is to be excluded. The umbilical cord is too short.”

“I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here.”

The other replies, “No one has ever come back from there. Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery it is nothing but darkness and anxiety and it takes us nowhere.”

“Well, I don’t know,” says the other, “but certainly we will see mother and she will take care of us.”

“Mother?!” You believe in mother? Where is she now?”

“She is all around us. It is in her that we live. Without her there would not be this world.”

“I don’t see her, so it’s only logical that she doesn’t exist.”

To which the other replied, “sometimes when you’re silent you can hear her, you can sense her. I believe there is a reality after delivery and we’re here to prepare ourselves for that reality.”


So, so good. Trying to grasp at life after death is just like this. Our modern snobbishness and worship of our own intellect has trapped us in a self-imposed prison of reason. Never have our egos been so big and imaginations so small. If we could but have the faith and humility to leap free of our own heads for a moment, we’d see quite plainly that we were made for so much more.

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” (Shakespeare, Hamlet)

“The eye has not seen, and the ear has not heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man, what things God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinth 2:9)

10 comments Add comment

Bill April 29, 2013 at 9:09 am

Awesome post, Matt. Keep it up.

Joe April 29, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Love it! Thanks for sharing this Matt. Hope you all are doing well.
God bless!

dancingcrane April 29, 2013 at 5:07 pm


Sage April 29, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Three of the principal characteristics of all human beings, according to the Buddha are: impermanence, egolessness, and suffering/dissatisfaction.

Monica Benninghoff April 29, 2013 at 9:16 pm

So lovely, especially in light of the Gosnell horrors of infanticide. Thank you for the sweet balm to my soul this week.

Mark T April 29, 2013 at 11:57 pm

A friend of mine shared that story on Facebook not long ago. It really is lovely.

Adam April 30, 2013 at 8:11 am

I would like to hear some more of the philosophical here. Perhaps something about daddy (origins) or siblings (salvation?). Great little piece, thanks for sharing!

JimmyV May 7, 2013 at 10:44 pm

You should read the book “Angel in the Waters” by Regina Doman. It develops this line of thought very well and has some beautiful artwork.

Veronica Varela June 1, 2013 at 11:05 am

Beautiful well said :) Thanks !!

dancingcrane June 3, 2013 at 3:33 pm

I’ve been sharing this lately! Very effective.

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