From the perspective of Prio No, 30, a Javanese beach-station owner
What are we here for?
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 don’t know; how could I? I think God is the one who created us and our environment.
If there is a God, where is this entity?
Everywhere, but no one can say where exactly…
Is there a mystery to life?
Of course, because we never know what is going to happen next; so the future is always a mystery.
Do you think we are alone in the universe?
Yes, I think we are alone. I don’t believe in aliens; they are only fiction.
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?
No, I don’t believe that, because I have never seen any proof of it.
What do you think happens when people die?
The body disappears, but the soul survives.
Where is your soul, and what is it?
I cannot feel it. I cannot see it. Except when I feel sad or sorry. But even if I can’t see it by myself, other people sometimes can.
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?
Yes, or it wouldn’t be a soul.
Do you know your place in the universe?
I don’t know it, but I would like to. I’m not sure how to discover where my place really is.
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 don’t think that’s true. If we only think about things, nothing works. We have to learn, to study and work to make things come to us.
Are we being observed?
No, because other people never really care about what is happening to us; they don’t care about other people’s business.
If there is a God, why does he allows such colossal suffering of people on earth, either through war, disease or natural disasters?
He allows it to warn people, to make them understand that he exists and that life is not only pleasure.