From the perspective of Graham Chaplin, 57, a retired accountant from Adelaide, Australia.

What are we here for?
To live in harmony but unfortunately people are too selfish and busy with work to achieve this.

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?
I do.

If there is a God, where is he?
He’s inside us.

Is there a mystery to life?
Human nature is a mystery. Why we can’t understand others is a mystery, and the future and death are other big mysteries.

Do you think we’re alone in the universe?
With the infinity of the universe there must be another form of life out there.

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’m not so sure about that.

What do you think happens to people when they die?
Then that’s it. There’s nothing else after that.

Where is your soul and what is it?
It’s my feelings and connection with other people. It’s something invisible beyond our head.

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?
The energy will be there always.

Do you know your place in the universe?
I can’t say where my place is exactly.

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?
It’s not something that will happen precisely.

Are we being observed?
I don’t think so.

If there is a God, why does he allow such colossal suffering of people on Earth, either through war, disease or natural disasters?
It’s not God doing this; it’s the people.

BT/PCAR
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