From the perspective of Wayan Supartika, a 28-year-old freelance trader from Bali
What are we here for?
To earn money and enjoy life.
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?
I don’t know, but I don’t think earth was created by a massive explosion.
If there is a God, where is he?
God is in my heart.
Is there a mystery to life?
Yes, I think so, because good or bad things can happen to you, but you never know why.
Do you think we are alone in the universe?
I think there are only humans in the universe, because we have no solid proof of the existence of aliens.
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 think it’s true, because in my village we have a lot of stories about that, about other worlds.
What do you think happens to people when they die?
It depends. If they did good things, they go to paradise. If not, they go to hell.
Where is your soul and what is it?
It is in my heart, too. My soul brings me life; it’s like a part 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?
I think so.
Do you know your place in the universe?
Yes. It’s on this paradise island we call Bali.
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?
No, we are not strong enough. Sometimes if you can’t get what you want, you must forget about it.
Are we being observed?
Yes, probably by our families and others who care for us, and by God as well.
If there is a God, why does he allow such colossal suffering of people on earth, either through war, disease or natural disasters?
I don’t know what God is thinking, but I think he always works for the good of man, even if it sometimes means doing “bad” things to achieve a positive end.