From the perspective of Suzie Sperring, 54, an English-language teacher from Sydney, Australia

What are we here for?
Learning to unite as one. We find ourselves and live accepting each day as it comes. The older I get, the more I enjoy life and realize what’s gone is gone.

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?
No, and I don’t really care how the universe was created; it’s just here now. I care about it being destroyed, especially since I became a grandmother.

If there is a God, where is he?
He’s up in heaven looking after my father and my son.

Is there a mystery to life?

Life is full of mysteries. You never know what’s around the corner, which is what makes life interesting.

Do you think we’re alone in the universe?
I don’t know and I really don’t give a damn. I’m on this planet.

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?
Steven Spielberg phone home.

What do you think happens to people when they die?
They wait for the people they love to return to them. The container dies but their souls live on.

Where is your soul and what is it?
It’s the real you; it makes you. It’s your personality.

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?
Yes, like I said before, I believe the body or container of the soul is destroyed but the soul will continue on without it.

Do you know your place in the universe?
No, and I don’t think anyone really does. Life is a learning process. I’m a mother, a teacher, a friend and a lot of other things. I can’t be one thing.

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’ve never seen or read it so I really don’t have a clue.

Are we being observed?
Yes, spiritually and by everyone around us.

If there is a God, why does he allow such colossal suffering of people on earth, either through war, disease or natural disasters?

I believe in God and I ask myself this question every day. He took my son and my father too early and I have been miserable because of it, but somehow I have the resilience to go on.

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