From the perspective of Jojo De La Vega, 34, a Tahitian/Balinese osteopath
What are we here for?
To be ourselves, and that’s quite hard.
Do you believe in the Bing 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?
I believe this is true, because in nature, everything is cyclic and whatever expands must contract. Our universe must have expanded and created all we see now and at some point will eventually contract and everything will disappear and start again.
If there is a god, where is this entity?
I like the Hindu saying that God is closer to us than our jugular vein.
Is there a mystery to life?
Of course – that’s the beauty of it.
Do you think we are alone in the universe?
Of course not. That’s very arrogant of us, but on this planet, the way we destroy nature, we will end up alone.
There is a theory that there may be parallel universes with exact copies of us – doppelgangers – doing exactly the same thing as us right now. What do you think about that?
I definitely believe in it, especially in Balinese niskala.
What do you think happens when people die?
Depending on your stage of evolution, you can either get stuck in transit or move on to a new body.
Where is your soul, and what is it?
It sits on the right side of your heart, but that’s just what I feel from personal experience.
Science says that all matter and energy cannot be created or destroyed. Therefore, will our energy, in the form of our soul, live on for infinity?
Individually, I’m not sure, but collectively, yeah, for sure.
Do you know your place in the universe?
I think I’m starting to.
Some people believe that because we are made of 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 Secret. What’s your view?
I think that’s bullshit. It means that reality is subjective so, for example, when people believed the earth was flat, was it flat? When Mormons predict the return of Christ, does he return? If you believe you can fly, can you? I’ll leave The Secret for New Age people.
Are we being observed?
Yes, by the highest parts of ourselves at all times.
If there is a God, why does he allow such colossal suffering of people on Earth, either through war, disease or natural disasters?
Another Hindu saying, from Tagore: “We read the world wrong, and then say that it deceives us.”