Inside the womb of their mother two fetuses have a conversation. One is religious, the other is not.
Nonreligious fetus: Brother, do you believe in life after birth?
Religious fetus: Yes, of course. It is clear to me that there is life after birth. We are here only to ready ourselves and muster our strength in preparation for the true life that awaits us. So we have been told.
NF: What nonsense! There is no life after birth. The moment of birth defines the end. Can you imagine what life would be like after birth?
RF: I don't know all the details exactly, but I believe that there will be more light, and that we will walk on our legs and eat with our mouths. Lots of things will be different.
NF: What rubbish! That is clearly impossible! We couldn't possibly walk on our own or eat with our mouths. That is ridiculous! Look, we have an umbilical cord that gives us nourishment. Clearly our lives are dependent on the umbilical cord, and they are relatively short. These are the tangible facts. No point in trying to live under an illusion.
RF: I am certain that it is also possible to live outside the womb, but it is a life completely different from the life we are used to living here. One can only attempt to imagine what it will be like, but it will be. Many fetuses believe that this is the case. It would be hard to assume that they are all wrong.
NF: But no one has ever returned from there to tell us first-hand what it is like. Most fetuses don't believe in it, and rightly so. Logic dictates that life ends at birth, and that until then we live in total darkness. That is the reality that is available to our senses.
RF: No, no. I can't exactly say how life outside the womb will look, but I do know that we will finally get to see our mother, and that she will take care of us.
NF: Mother? Do you believe in a "mother"? So where is she? Why don't we see her or feel her? Please! You are talking fairy tales! You appear to be a serious fellow. How do you believe in such nonsense? I believe only in observable facts!
RF: You are wrong. I definitely believe that she exists, that we are inside her, that she surrounds us and watches over us. Because of her we move and live, without her we could not exist for even a moment . . .
NF: Again with your nonsense? I don't see any mother. Obviously, she does not exist!
RF: I disagree with you. Don't you ever notice that when everything is quiet, when you concentrate and listen carefully, you can hear her? That you can sense that she is thinking of us, that she cares about us? Sometimes you can even feel that she caresses us! Open up your eyes, start paying attention! I believe with perfect faith that even now we have a mother, and that after birth she will hug us and only then will our life really begin . . .