Colin Burling

Colin Burling, a 67-year-old with six children and 12 grandchildren, from Perth in Western Australia, is a retired travel agent.

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
To be true and honest to yourself and to listen to all kinds of people – and learn from their experiences.

What’s most important?

To help others whenever you can.

What are the elements of happiness?

Knowing what the important things are in life and being happy and content.

What were your dreams as a child?

To travel and learn about other cultures; to appreciate that all countries are different but also that with cooperation we can have peace.

What advice would you give the younger generation?

Be respectful and learn as much as you can. Work hard and be kind to everyone.

Are you worried about dying?

No, I’ve been fortunate, and if we think about it we start to die as soon as we are born.

What do you think will happen to you after you die?

I wish there was a way of knowing. What I do know is that I won’t be taking anything with me.

When was the happiest time of your life?

There hasn’t been any single time that was the happiest; I’ve been happy every day. You should be happy – I rejoice in my family.

And the worst?

We’ve all had bad times but we have to focus on the positive.

What’s humanity all about?

Being able to understand our differences and work together to live in peace.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

Because of money, power and religion.

Is a peaceful world an impossible dream?

No, as long as everyone has what they need – the bare essentials to survive. Peace is difficult to achieve with wealthy, powerful and religious fanatics. (BT/DP)

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