LifeTimes- Ketut Ngenteg

Ketut Ngenteg

I Ketut Ngenteg is 75 and a retired farmer living in Gianyar

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
To work hard and make your life good.

What’s most important?
Having respect for the land – our Gods are the land and the land is the source of life.

What advice would you give the younger generations?
Do what you’re told, as well as you can, and be good to those around you.

Are you worried about dying?
No. You can’t run from it, so there’s no need to be afraid of it.

When was the happiest time of your life?
When I was young and able to eat a lot. I felt strong and could do a lot of hard work.

And the worst?
Now, because I am old and weak. My taste for food has gone – give me something delicious and it tastes bland. My desire to eat has gone; it’s bad for my health.

What’s humanity all about?
Being peaceful with people around you, working hard and helping others.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
There are many reasons for it, but all in all, I think the main reason is greed – people don’t feel satisfied with what the Gods give them; they always want more and more.

Is a peaceful world impossible?
I think it’s possible. The number of wars is decreasing, and eventually we could have a peaceful world.

Are you disappointed with your life or happy at what’s happened?
I’m happy.

How old do you feel?
30 years old.

Is there anything you still want to do?
No, nothing.

Is one lifetime enough?
Well, I believe you don’t have a choice whether it is or isn’t. Whether you are reincarnated or not is up to the Gods. But I would be happy to be reborn, back in Bali. (BT/AS)

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