From the perspective of Tim Ford, 32, an English teacher from Australia.
What are we here for?
I imagine myself in comparison to the Earth, to our galaxy and then to our universe. I’m about as big as a speck of dust. I believe the reason of our existence is to do the best we can in this small environment, period of time known as our lives. We have to try to create as much positive energy as possible. Together with all the other specks of positive energy, a snowball will follow and compete in a field of negative and positive energies.
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?
It appears to be the most scientifically proven theory.
If there is a God, where is he?
Is there a mystery to life?
Yes, there definitely is. Life is a mystery; death is even more of a mystery; and the future of society is the biggest mystery of all.
Do you think we’re alone in the universe?
No. I strongly believe there are other living creatures in this universe, possibly more advanced than us.
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 in evolution and I find it hard to believe that from the origin of a parallel universe, all the chance meeting would be the same as in this world.
What do you think happens to people when they die?
Pictures of all of our memorable moments, loved ones and friends flash through our minds, our body gets buried or cremated and our souls join into masses of positive or negative energy, hopefully one day being reincarnated into another living being.
Where is your soul and what is it?
My soul isn’t found in any particular part of my body; it forms my spiritual body, invisible to the human eye.
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 believe so. However our souls may unite with other souls – possibly with our loved ones – and possibly form a new soul.
Do you know your place in the universe?
My place in the universe is as significant as a speck of dust. In my personal universe my role begins with love for my family and friends.
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 in the theory of manifestation. As human beings, we have the ability to attract things and experiences toward us. For example, if you really want to learn a new language, you will go out of your way to make that happen and it will certainly come to you as long as you don’t give up. But there are limits: No matter how hard you try, you will never be able to manifest irrational things.
Are we being observed?
Yes. Anytime, anywhere, by anyone or anything.
If there is a God, why does he allow such colossal suffering of people on Earth, either through war, disease or natural disasters?
I often ask myself the same question.