Life Times – Freedom Fighter Wayan Pegeg

Wayan Pegeg
Former independence fighter Wayan Pegeg, 81, is head of the Badung Veterans Association

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
To be brave, so you can face any challenge.

What’s most important?
Loyalty – being loyal to this land and country.

What are the elements of happiness?
Peace. I’ve seen so much suffering due to war.

What were your dreams as a child?
To be in the military, and in 1935 I joined the Japanese Navy. When Japan left Indonesia, I joined the Indonesian Army.

What advice would you give to the younger generations?
Don’t forget what the old generation has done for you and the country. It’s because of them and their sacrifices that you can live well today.

Are you worried about dying?
No – I’ve faced death many times.

What do you think will happen to you after you die?
It’s God’s secret; we’re not allowed to know.

When was the happiest time of your life?
Seeing another country leaving our country and giving us our freedom.

And the worst?
Seeing people injured and dying in battle. I saw a lot of them die, including our hero I Gusti Ngurah Rai.

What’s humanity all about?
Respecting others.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
Because some countries are strong and others are weak and easily conquered.

Is a peaceful world an impossible dream?
Yes. It’s in human nature that wars will always happen.

In summary, are you disappointed with your life or happy at what’s happened?
I’m generally happy enough, especially as I had a chance to defend this country.

Did you have the opportunities you thought you’d have?
Yes. My life is complete: I got married have a lot of children.

How much has luck played in your life?
A lot. I didn’t get killed in war.

Has life been a battle or relative plain sailing?
A battle to survive.

How old do you feel?
About half my age.

How do you regard the aging process?
Every species of life on earth ages – it’s normal and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Have you achieved everything you set out to, or are there still things left to do?
Yes, some. I want to erect some statues of heroes around Bali, so that the coming generations will be reminded what they did for them.

Is one lifetime enough?
No, and if I get the chance I’d like to come back as a human in the next life. (BT)

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