From the perspective of Komang Kurniawan, 32, the head of a non-governmental organisation from Karangasem.

What are we here for?
To help each other and share.

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 don’t believe that.

If there is a God, where is he?
He’s everywhere and we keep him in our heart.

Is there a mystery to life?
Life is full of mysteries.

Do you think we’re alone in the universe?
No, we’re not.

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 don’t believe that.

What do you think happens to people when they die?
It’s the end of existence.

Where is your soul and what is it?
It’s my heart and it’s inside me.

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?
I don’t believe that.

Do you know your place in the universe?
Helping others.

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 believe that’s true.

Are we being observed?
Yes, we are – 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 people don’t look after the world. We cut down trees and we have global warming… we’ve made him angry.

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