Life Times – Nengah Breged

Nengah Breged
Nengah Breged, “around 80 years old,” is a widow in Karangasem, living on the northern coast of Bali

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
To act smart, and people will respect you.

What’s most important?
Love – it’s the basis of peace and harmony.

What are the elements of happiness?
Children. I’ve never been able to have any and I can only imagine what it would be like. I wouldn’t be so lonely if I had children to take care of me now.

What were your dreams as a child?
To fall in love with a foreign man – a Dutchman I saw here once – when I was young, and get married. That never happened, though, as I married a local man.

What advice would you give the younger generation?
Respect the environment around you and don’t destroy it.

Are you worried about dying?
Not really. I’m ready for God when he chooses to take me.

What do you think will happen to you after you die?
I believe I’ll walk along a long road, and at the end of it I’ll meet my husband.

When was the happiest time on your life?
When a Dutch family left this area and gave their house to us. I still have that house and keep it just as it was.

And the worst?
The day I lost my husband, dozens of years ago now. Since then I’ve been all alone.

What’s humanity all about?
It’s about our relationships with each other, and how we should maintain them.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
Well, it’s just like when the Dutch colonials were here and tried to take over everything. It’s because people want more than they have.

Is a peaceful world an impossible dream?
It’s wouldn’t be impossible if people lived in harmony with each other and nature. (BT/IP)

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