LifeTimes – Ida Bagus Warta
Ida Bagus Warta, 75, is a former government employee and a Hindu priest living in Denpasar.
Whatâ€™s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
To read a lot. By reading, you can get a lot of things.
Whatâ€™s most important?
A close relationship with your family â€“ thatâ€™s what makes you most happy.
What advice would you give the younger generations?
Study hard and read a lot, so youâ€™ll have enough knowledge to have a good life.
Are you worried about dying?
No. Itâ€™s not something you have to be scared about.
When was the happiest time of your life?
Now. I have a happy life now, with my children and grandchildren around me.
And the worst?
When I was a child. My parents couldnâ€™t take care of me, and I was brought up by my grandfather. I never got the love I needed from my parents, but fortunately my grandfather cared about me.
Whatâ€™s humanity all about?
Being good to your friends, especially friends that need help from you â€“ thatâ€™s a good way to build solid relationships.
Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
I think itâ€™s because of selfishness â€“ people thinking only about themselves and having no tolerance towards others.
Is a peaceful world impossible?
It is possible, if people could control themselves.
Are you disappointed with your life or happy at whatâ€™s happened?
How old do you feel?
Not really old – around 40.
Is there anything you still want to do?
Iâ€™d like to travel outside of Bali, but I have duties as a priest so I canâ€™t go away.
Is one lifetime enough?
Yes, itâ€™s enough â€“ as long as I have a long life and plenty of time so I can see my grandchildren marry and have babies. (BT/AS)