From the perspective of Wayan Muriani, 30, a beautician from Badung.

What are we here for?

No one really knows why.

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’s a reasonable explanation.

If there is a God, where is he?
God is in the air, everywhere, always.

Is there a mystery to life?
Life is a mystery in itself.

Do you think we’re alone in the universe?
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?
That sounds very strange. I don’t think it actually happens.

What do you think happens to people when they die?
They live another life.

Where is your soul and what is it?

It’s what makes me; it’s in my heart.

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 always be there.

Do you know your place in the universe?
Having a family and being happy.

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 happens many times, but not with everything.

Are we being observed?
God sees everything.

If there is a God, why does he allow such colossal suffering of people on Earth, either through war, disease or natural disasters?

People have to act from the heart and many times they don’t; they don’t behave well. So I believe God is trying to teach us something.


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