From the perspective of Ian Frasetiantono, a 42-year-old teacher
What are we here for?
To live, that’s all.
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?
Yes, I believe it is true. I trust that theory, but I don’t know when it happened.
If there is a God, where is this entity?
He is in me, and exists in me, because I trust Him.
Is there a mystery to life?
Yes, I think so, because you never know when you are going to die; you don’t know anything.
Do you think we are alone in the universe?
No, maybe there are aliens, but the answer is complicated.
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 think that’s true, because I’ve never heard about it and I can’t see it. In my religion, we have seven different lives, but it’s different.
What do you think happens when people die?
The organs die, but the soul remains and keeps on living.
Where is your soul, and what is it?
It is in my heart, it’s the manifestation of God inside me.
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?
The soul never dies; it transfers into another body.
Do you know your place in the universe?
I wish I did!
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?
It don’t think that works unless you are very strong, or you meditate a lot.
Are we being observed?
Yes, 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 allows suffering to punish people, to make them understand they cannot behave any way they like – for example, they must stop fighting wars.