He shuffled forward. He could sense the swarm of humanity behind him but kept his eyes fixed to the front. He was patient, recognizing that he had all the time in the world. No, that wasn’t quite right. Single file, another step forward. He was approaching the gates.
The gates hovered over him, disappearing into the misty heights. There were two elevators just inside the gates. The elevator on the right had an UP arrow and the elevator on the left had a DOWN arrow. Before the gates sitting at a desk was a young woman peering at the page of a book.
” If you could just sign here confirming your name and date of birth”. She pointed to a column in the book and extended a pen.
The book was duly signed.
“If you could just step on to the scale nearest you. This will help us to determine the direction you will take”.
He noticed a large set of scales by the side of the desk and stepped on the nearest scale. The scale started to rise until it was exactly in balance with the opposite scale.
“That’s very unusual” she said ‘You’re good energy is exactly in balance with your bad energy”.
“I don’t understand” he said.
” We can’t determine if you should take the UP or the DOWN elevator. Good energy/bad energy. Good character/bad character. What ever you want to call it.Usually it’s pretty straight forward, the scale tips one way or the other. Either your goodness outweighs your badness and you go UP or vice versa and you go DOWN. Perhaps we can send you up for 50% of eternity and down for the remaining 50%”.
” How can there be 50% of eternity? Is there no place to go for people who balance the good with the bad?” He queried.
“You humans are so arrogant. Your life is less than a blink of the cosmos but you behave as if you know everything. ” she said.” There’s really only one thing we can do. We’re going to have to send you back. Do try a little harder to weigh in on the good side next time.”