I Ketut Murja, 70, is a retired pharmacist from Mengwi

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
Appreciate your health – it’s the most valuable thing you will ever have. What’s most important?
Your health.

What advice would you give the younger generation?

Keep yourself well and stay away from alcohol and drugs. Appreciate the environment and look after it.

Are you worried about dying?

No, there’s no point in that. Worrying about it won’t stop it from coming when your time is up.

When was the happiest time of your life?

Now. I’m really enjoying my life now.

And the worst?

When I was ill and had problems, especially family problems.

What’s humanity all about?

Appreciating others, not just yourself.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

Maybe because of the development of modern technology. A lot of changes have occurred that are causing problems.

Is a peaceful world impossible?

Yes, it is impossible.

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

I am happy.

How old do you feel?

Seventy. I’m old and I don’t want to pretend as if I’m young.

Is there anything you still want to do?

No, everything has been enough for me.

Is one lifetime enough?

Yes, it is.

How has Bali changed since you were a child?

There are fewer trees now, and people are worse than when I was young. Back then, people always helped others, and now few people do that.

Is it better or worse?


Has tourism been good for Bali?

Yes, it has, but the effects are bad.

Have you ever doubted your religion?


What makes you so sure about it?

I grew up with an education about my religion and maybe it’s very strong in my mind and that’s why I’m so sure about it.

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