The Project

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"You can never fully understand the meaning of your own existence if you can’t even understand that you might be wrong.”

Submitted: June 16, 2019

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On my way home from work, I collided with another truck. Everything went black. I woke up. Darkness surrounded me, but it was surprisingly comforting. I stood up, and from the shadows emerged a dark, scrawny figure.

 

Who are you?”, I said as I stood up.

 

“What does it matter,” The figure got closer, and I could now make out a curtain of hair covering its eyes, “You’re all the same, you know.”

 

“Where am I?” I paused, “Am I dead?”

 

The figure chuckled, “So you really don't remember?”

 

“Remember what?”

 

“That’s strange; must be a bug”

 

“What? Who are you?”

 

The figure, who was close enough now that I could tell that he was wearing a dark hoodie and had one earbud in, let out a sigh. “I created all of you to have the same understanding of the world, of each other.”

 

“Our world? Then who are you? There are other worlds?”

 

“Your world is my world, the only difference is that I tried to make it better; I tried to fix it. But every time I try something new, it causes conflict, they can't handle the change, can't understand that it’s for the better, so every time I want to change something, I have to erase the entire world.”

 

“How? How could you erase an entire world?”

 

The figure laughed, “You are nothing but a program on my computer; a project for school, but it crashes when I just delete the whole thing, so I created an accident.”

 

“So we’re not even real?”

 

“You are real in every way, but not in the way that you thought you were, is that so hard to grasp?” The figure looked up, “That you’re not exactly what you thought you were? This is what I was trying to fix in the world, with this simulation: You can never fully understand the meaning of your own existence if you can’t even understand that you might be wrong.”


 



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