I Ketut Suenda, 66, is a retired port navigation employee from Tabanan

What’s most important in life?
Health, happiness and enough money so you can do things.
What advice would you give the younger generations?

Get a good education so you can get a good job.

Are you worried about dying?

Yes, although I can’t run away from it.

When was the happiest time of your life?

When I was a young man. I had a good job, enough money and no responsibilities like children or a wife. I was happy to be a single man with a good job.

And the worst?

Now. I am old, often sick and tire easily.

What’s humanity all about?

Being patient, friendly, polite and nice to everybody.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

Because of selfishness and greed.

Is a peaceful world impossible?

Yes, it is.

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

I’m happy enough.

How old do you feel?

Old – 66.

Is there anything you still want to do?


Is one lifetime enough?

No. I want to be reborn.

How has Bali changed since you were a child?

It’s changed a lot. In the villages, people no longer help each other they way they used to. Nowadays it’s all about money – no one will help you if they don’t get some money.

Is it better or worse?


Has tourism been good for Bali?

Yes, it has, because people’s income has increased and the land has been put to good use with all the developments.

What’s the major difference between the East and West?

Western are very individualistic, Eastern people less so, although they’re becoming more like that.

Have you ever doubted your religion?


What makes you so sure about it?

Some people might not like Hinduism because of all the offerings and ceremonies, but I believe in it, and if your belief in something is strong enough, it has to be good.

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