From the perspective of I Nyoman Pasek, a 43-year-old foodseller from Sidemen, Karangasem.

What are we here for?
To continue the generations.

Do you believe in the Big Bang theory that the 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. Everything was created by God.

If there is a God, where is he?
God is in my heart and my mind.

Is there a mystery to life?
The mystery is the future.

Do you think we are alone in the universe?
Yes, we are.

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 believe that.

Where is your soul and what is it?
In my body.

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?
Our energy will disappear when we die.

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?
I believe that happens.

Are we being observed?
Yes. Mostly 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?
People who are greedy or do wrong are judged by God.

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