From the perspective of Michele Butz, 32, a traveler who has been living on and off in Bali for the past five years
What are we here for?
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?
Yes, but I have to remind myself sometimes it’s still only a theory.
If there is a God, where is this entity?
I don’t know – where would he be? He could be in the grill of your car or in the gaping holes in the sidewalks in Ubud.
Is there a mystery to life?
I don’t know.
Do you think we’re alone in the universe?
Another question I can’t answer for sure, but yes I think we’re alone for now.
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?
That’s a terrifying thought.
What do you think happens to people when they die?
People that die find out what happens to people that die.
Where is your soul and what is it?
It’s a broken music box.
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, I think my broken music box will go on and on.
Do you know your place in the universe?
Right about here.
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?
Nobody has told me the secret yet so how can I believe it?
Are we being observed?
Every second of the day.
If there is a God, why does he allow such colossal suffering of people on earth, either through war, disease or natural disasters?
God don’t play nice because he has his hands tied.