From the perspective of Ari Purpa, 28, a silver dealer from Ubud
What are we here for?
To learn from our mistakes. To learn patience when handling difficult people and situations and to learn to be better and better every day.
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. I believe God created the Earth. We don’t learn about evolution here.
If there is a God, where is this entity?
There is a God and he is inside here (pointing to her heart).
Is there a mystery to life?
Yes. We don’t have all the answers and sometimes you just have to leave unanswered things as mysteries.
Do you think we’re alone in the universe?
Definitely not. Even if we’re in the middle of outer space, we are still with the stars and planets and God.
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 that’s stupid. If there is something like that, I want to see it for myself, though.
What do you think happens to people when they die?
They wait for us somewhere. I like to believe that, so I don’t think they’re just gone; it gives me purpose and strength.
Where is your soul and what is it?
My soul is inside me, along with God. It is a tiny version of me and I have to listen to her. If I cry, the little me cries too.
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, for ever and ever and ever.
Do you know your place in the universe?
My place is with my family.
Are we being observed?
Yes, in every single thing we do, by God.
If there is a God, why does he allow such colossal suffering of people on earth, either through war, disease or natural disasters?
Because God wants us to show our love for one another by caring for each other in bad situations. He also wants us to depend on him. Most bad situations are created by humans anyway, not by God.