From the perspective of I Nyoman Moha, 40, a fisherman and windsurfing instructor from Nusa Lembongan

What are we here for?
To work, so we can take care of our wives – or girlfriends – and kids.

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?

In a way, yes, but I also believe in God.

If there is a God, where is this entity?
I don’t know; nobody knows.

Is there a mystery to life?
Life is a mystery.

Do you think we’re alone in the universe?
I’m not sure; the only other place I’ve been is under the sea.

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’ve never thought that’s true. I think we are originals.

What do you think happens to people when they die?
I don’t know. Death is part of the mystery of life.

Where is your soul and what is it?
My soul is in paradise and it’s what gets me up every morning.

Science says that all matter and energy can neither be created nor destroyed. Therefore, will our energy, in the form of our soul, live on for infinity?
Of course. Souls can’t be destroyed.

Do you know your place in the universe?
Right now my place is right here in the present moment; in the future it might be somewhere else.

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 if you want something you have to work out a way to get it, not just think about it.

Are we being observed?
Yes, all the time, 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?
God doesn’t allow suffering. He just can’t stop us creating it ourselves, with radicalism and arguments over everything.

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