Wim Petrus Assendelft, 79, is a retired accountant from Holland.

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
My whole life has been the greatest lesson – it’s taught me how to live and that everything is important. What’s most important?
Respecting people around you.

What advice would you give the younger generations?

Do the very best that you can in everything.

Are you worried about dying?

No, I am not. I don’t worry about it now, but when I was 30 I was worried about dying.

When was the happiest time of your life?

When I was 28, in 1956. I married my wife and we’re still together.

And the worst?

When I was 17 and my two brothers died in an accident. I was very sad.

What’s humanity all about?

Being at peace with other people and helping those who need assistance.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

Because there are people who have power in the world and they don’t use it properly or wisely.

Is a peaceful world impossible?

Yes, it is. There will always people who break the peace – like Stalin, Hitler and now Bush, who does not hear what his people want.

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

I am happy.

How old do you feel?

I feel as if I am a young man – 30.

Is there anything you still want to do?

Nothing, only to have a good life.

Is one lifetime enough?

Yes, it’s enough. One is enough. (BT/AS)

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