Samsir Mahruf, 60, is a logistics manager from Bonjol in West Sumatra

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
Always try to enjoy your time with your family.

What’s most important?

Being religious and always keeping God in mind, to whom we will go back home to in death.

What advice would you give the younger generations?

Make sure God is in your life.

Are you worried about dying?

No, I am not. Everybody will die, so there’s no use worrying about it.

When was the happiest time of your life?

When my first grandson was born. I was overjoyed.

And the worst?

In 1985, when I was in an accident and fell from 12 meters. I almost died. It took a long time to recover from my injuries and return to a normal life.

What’s humanity all about?

Being open with and close to everyone around you – it’s important to be open, especially when you have a problem, so you can talk to people and try to find a solution.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

Because there are many problems but not many solutions.

Is a peaceful world impossible?

Perhaps it is, but perhaps it also is possible. No one knows.

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

I’m not really happy, especially when I see that two of my children are not married yet.

How old do you feel?

Around 50 to 60.

Is there anything you still want to do?

Yes, I want to see the two children married.

Is one lifetime enough?

Yes, it is.

Has tourism been good for Bali?

Yes it has. There are many developments because of tourism.

What’s the major difference between the Eastern and Western worlds?

The East has more culture and the West has more technology.

Have you ever doubted your religion?

No, never.

What makes you so sure about it?

I truly believe in it. What we believe in is what will happen.

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