Johannes Boersma, 72, is an archeologist from the Netherlands

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
Even though we have many friends and people around us, in the end we will probably be alone. It’s better to try not to be alone.

What’s most important?

Being healthy and having good relationships with everyone.

What advice would you give the younger generations?

Enjoy your life and make today meaningful because we don’t know what will happen tomorrow.

Are you worried about dying?

Yes, I do worry about dying; everybody does. I would rather not die yet. If I have to die, I hope it will be when I am 150 years old and still healthy.

When was the happiest time of your life?

When I was working in Italy. Doing any Western archeological research is very exciting.

And the worst?

When I separated from my wife, 17 years ago.

What’s humanity all about?

Loving each other – that’s what I learned from being a Christian.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

Because people don’t love each other.

Is a peaceful world impossible?

Yes, it’s impossible. Humans behave like wolves, always hurting each other.

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

I am reasonably happy.

How old do you feel?

I feel younger – my body is 72 but my mind is about 30 or 35.

Is there anything you still want to do?

Yes, I still want to travel more.

Is one lifetime enough?

One is enough, although I hope that I will have a long life, a long and healthy life.

How has Bali changed?

I first came to Bali in 1995. Bali is more crowded now, and many social problems are developing.

Is it better or worse?

Worse. Bali is being destroyed now, by pollution, by illegal villas, by logging. Balinese Hinduism is governed by good rules, but people don’t obey those rules.

Has tourism been good for Bali?

It has had some negative effects. The government here knows how to handle these problems, but does nothing. The Balinese deal with the growth of tourism alone without any help from the government. The government should help them.

Have you ever doubted your religion?

Yes, I have. I am not religious anymore; I am agnostic. I have read a book that told me that God does not exist. It influenced me.

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