From the perspective of Siti Nurkhasamah, 26, a tourism student from Java.

What are we here for?
To love each other.

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 that the world was created by God.

If there is a God, where is he?
In our heart.

Is there a mystery to life?
The future is a mystery. We always find unexpected things and we can’t know what will happen tomorrow.

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 happens.

So what do you think happens to people when they die?
From my religious point of view, I believe they either go to heaven or they go to hell.

Where is your soul and what is it?
It’s my mind.

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 totally agree.

Do you know your place in the universe?
To have a good life and a good education, always improving my attitude towards 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, popularised recently in the movie The Secret. What’s your view?
Sometimes it happens.

Are we being observed?
Yes. 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 love each other and look after our environment; he’s trying to say to us that we should be better.

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