A tale of two babies has made the rounds on the Internet, and recently my sister-in-law in Peru sent me the Spanish version. It made me smile, and I wanted to share it here.*
The story is about twin babies who are having a philosophical discussion in the womb. Their dialog goes as follows:
Do you believe in life after birth?
Of course. Everybody knows there is a life after birth. We’re here now because we have to grow and get ready for what’s to come.
That’s ridiculous! There’s no life after birth. What could such a life be like?
I don’t know exactly, but there must be more light than in here. Maybe we’ll walk on our legs and eat with our mouth.
Nonsense! It’s impossible for us to walk. And eating with our mouth? That’s crazy. We get our food through the umbilical cord. And obviously there can be no life after birth because the umbilical cord is too short.
Well, I think it’s possible. It’ll just be different from what we’re used to in here.
But nobody has ever come back after birth. Birth is the end of life. And frankly, life is just meaningless existence in the darkness. There’s no point to it, and we’re going nowhere.
No! I don’t know exactly what it will be like after birth, but I’m sure that we’ll see our Mother and she’ll take care of us.
Mother? You believe in Mother? And just where is she then?
Where? She’s all around us! And we’re inside her. We’re her children. In her we live and move and have our being. Without her we wouldn’t exist.
That’s absurd. I’ve never seen this "Mother," so there’s no such thing.
I don’t agree with you. In fact, sometimes when it’s quiet, you can hear her sing and feel her caress our world. You know, I believe that we’re here to prepare for the life to come, and our true life starts after birth.
The Spanish version concluded with these words: "Happy Advent, preparing for the birth of Jesus!" Thanks be to God, who gives us new life—eternal life—in His Son!
*One source attributed the story to Dr. Jirina Prekop, PhD, Czech Psychologist, translated to English by Ily Reis, prepared by SGNY/SAB. I adapted the dialog from the Spanish version.