Professor I Gusti Gede Ardana, 69, is a professor of archeology at Udayana University, and is from Klungkung

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
Get a meaningful job so that your life can be meaningful, too. I’m a professor, and sharing my knowledge and learning more things makes me happy.

What’s most important?

Giving our best service to our Gods, country and job.

What advice would you give the younger generations?

They need to pay more attention to the three things I’ve just mentioned. Religion is a way of life that’s important to know about; our country and job are our future – by giving and developing the country or giving our best service to our job, we can have a better future.

Are you worried about dying?

No, I am not.

When was the happiest time of your life?

There have been many times, but especially when I’m with my family. I’ve also been very happy being a professor, which I’ve been since 1966, so almost 41 years.

And the worst?

There have been many hard times in my life, but I don’t look at them as the worst. I just get past them and try to do my best.

What’s humanity all about?

Helping and loving each other.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

Because of a lack of appreciation for others, a lack of brotherhood. People are too materialistic, selfish and consumer-orientated, and spend everything they have now rather than putting some away for hard times.

Is a peaceful world impossible?

It’s up to mankind. If man can solve his problems, we could have a peaceful world.

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

I’m happy.

How old do you feel?

Between 45 and 50; my health is good.

Is there anything you still want to do?


Is one lifetime enough?

No. I want to be reincarnated.

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