From the perspective of Jean Baptiste Rolland, a 19-year-old actor from France
What are we here for?
To achieve our dreams.
Do you believe in the Big Bang theory that the 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 think it makes sense, but it’s not a very funny theory. I’d rather believe the world was created by a giant rabbit, for example.
If there is a God, where is he?
If he wanted us to know, we would.
Is there a mystery to life?
Of course. We can’t take anything for granted in this life.
Do you think we’re alone in the universe?
No. Let’s be realistic: why would we be unique? I believe in aliens, not because it’s crazy, but because it’s rational.
There’s 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 stupid. Do you believe in my giant rabbit theory?
What do you think happens to people when they die?
I have no idea. That’s why life is interesting – you die, and then… surprise!
Where is your soul and what is it?
It’s basically my energy, what makes me more than a vegetable. It’s in and around 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 feel the same about this as I do about what happens after death – it’s a surprise.
Do you know your place in the universe?
I don’t want to. My place is where I want to be; that’s all. I’m free to change my mind and my place anytime I want 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 it’s true, even if it doesn’t have anything to do with matter. We can have whatever we want, but sometimes really wanting and wishing for something is more exhausting than doing nothing.
Are we being observed?
Yes, by each other.
If there is a God, why does he allow such colossal suffering of people on earth, either through war, disease or natural disasters?