From the perspective of Klaas Stunnenberg, 25, a mechanical engineering student visiting Bali from Enschede, Netherlands.

What are we here for?
For no specific reason.

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 that’s a reasonable explanation but I don’t see it as the beginning because there’s no beginning, just as there’s no end. The beginning is the end at the same time. It’s not possible to have “nothing.” That’s why there’s neither beginning nor end.

If there is a God, where is he?
In another dimension. A dimension that we can’t understand because we’re not in it and we don’t know how to get into it.

Is there a mystery to life?
I don’t think so.

Do you think we’re alone in the universe?
The universe is too big to have nothing else but us. There are other kinds of organisms out there.

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 it’s possible.

What do you think happens to people when they die?
I don’t have an answer for that.

Where is your soul and what is it?
My soul is the connection to everything else and it’s everywhere.

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?
You can say the same thing in so many different ways … I do believe if the energy is already there it can’t disappear.

Do you know your place in the universe?
No, I don’t.

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 in the movie The Secret. What’s your view?
I don’t believe that at all.

Are we being observed?

If there is a God, why does he allow such colossal suffering of people on Earth, either through war, disease or natural disasters?
Because things have to follow their path. Otherwise it wouldn’t be a normal world. It’s not possible not to have these disasters in life.


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