From the perspective of Diajeng Wiwi, 34, a cruise manager from Klaten in Central Java

What are we here for?

We are here to continue the endless cycle of life. I just follow the wind; I talk to the sun and the earth. I enjoy my life more because of these natural elements.

Do you believe in the Big Bang theory that the now circa-13.7-billion-year-old universe and all that’s in it was created by a massive explosion of enormously dense matter at what may have been the beginning of time?

No I don’t.

If there is a God, where is He?

There is and I believe He is in my secret place, deep inside in my mind and my heart. Nobody knows exactly where He is, but I always talk with Him in my daily life using my own language, and thank Him for giving me such a wonderful life.

Is there a mystery to life?

Yes, there is. I had not planned to be here. I come from far away and I have no any family on this island; but my body told me to come to Bali. I just followed the whispering of my body.

Do you think we are alone in the universe?

I don’t think so. We can’t live alone on earth, we need to support each other and have some kind of community.

There is a theory that there may be parallel universes with exact copies of us – doppelgangers – doing exacly the same things as us right now. What do you think about that?

I have no idea, because i don’t believe in that theory.

What do you think happens when people die ?

Death just means everything stops; we do not exist anymore.

Where is your soul and what is it?

My soul is in my body and mind. It’s my spirit and my power to continue my life.

Science says that all matter and energy cannot be created nor destroyed. Therefore, will our energy, in the form of our soul, live on for infinity?

Yes, our energy will continue to exist, in nirvana.

Do we have any conrol over our lives or has everything already been mapped out since birth, predetermined, and fate?

We can control a limited number of things, but everything is ultimately controled by God.

Some people belived that because we are made from the same matter as the universe – carbon, and other elements, like nitrogen – anything we ask it will be attracted to us, popularized recently in the movie The Secreet. Wha’ts your view ?

I dont know because I haven’t seen that movie. I just believe everything is controlled by God.

If there is a God, why does He allow such colossal suffering of people on Earth, either through war, disease or natural disasters?

God give us choices, bad and good together, and it’s up to us to choose which.

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