From the perspective of Adam Murphy, 26, an Australian director of a travel agency.
What are we here for?
Enjoyment. If you only get one chance at life, you better make it a fun one.
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?
If I were to believe in one particular theory, this would be the one. But I listen to other theories. Science has been wrong before, and there’s much more we can learn about the universe. At the end of the day, I lean towards a scientific theory rather than a spiritual one.
If there is a God, where is he?
I believe in a creator, but I don’t know where he/she/it is! My thoughts haven’t been on his location, just on whether there is one.
Is there a mystery to life?
I don’t believe so. I have thought about this question many times and have come to a simple conclusion: Life is about survival.
Do you think we’re alone in the universe?
No, we’re not. If the universe is infinite, then from a logical perspective it is reasonable to assume there are other forms of life.
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 to me sounds a little farfetched. At this point I stick with more realistic theories.
What do you think happens to people when they die?
Nothing. You’re gone; you no longer exist. There are no second chances. You get one shot at life, so enjoy it.
Where your soul and what is it?
I don’t believe in the soul.
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?
Although it sounds like a good argument, I would have to believe in a soul first.
Do you know your place in the universe?
I’m here to reproduce and enjoy what I have been given: Life.
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?
That’s rubbish. Within reason you can attract anything with dedication and belief in yourself. However, if you are a positive person naturally, you will attract better things.
Are we being observed?
No, we’re not. It’s a nice story that religion has made popular to keep us in order, but it’s just another story. Nobody is watching.
If there is a God, why does he allow such colossal suffering of people on earth, either through war, disease or natural disasters?
It doesn’t make sense, does it? I believe more in a creator than a god. So as for war, disease and natural disasters, they are just unfortunate things that happen. There’s no intervention from any god on either the good or bad side.Filed under: The Big Questions