From the perspective of Robert Rademacher, 43, a real estate agent from Hamburg, Germany.
What are we here for?
To find equilibrium with nature, which I believe represents God.
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?
Yes, I do.
If there is a God, where is he?
There is a God, but he’s not the God that looks after us and cares about what we are doing. We consider ourselves too important. I believe in a God that is represented by nature.
Is there a mystery to life?
I don’t really know if life is much of a mystery.
Do you think we’re alone in the universe?
If the universe is as infinite as it is, then we can’t be.
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 it although it’s technically possible.
So what do you think happens to people when they die?
Our memory disappears, but there is some energy that remains there. Not as a conscious being as we were, maybe in a more positive or negative force depending on how we have behaved in life.
Where is your soul and what is it?
I can’t define the concept of soul. There is kind of like a soul of our mind and a soul as an energy, that’s the one that remains after we die. Not just human beings have a soul, but animals and plants 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, but not in the form of our conscious soul.
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, popularised recently in the movie The Secret. What’s your view?
In a certain kind of way, yes. But that doesn’t mean we get everything, though.
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?
I don’t believe God is that almighty entity that most human minds relate to. Although nature has its own disasters, all other disasters are caused by mankind.
BT/PCARFiled under: The Big Questions