I Wayan Limis, 80, is a former wood carver and revolutionary fighter from Mas village in Ubud

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
To be aware of what’s happening around you.

What’s most important?

For me, good tourism is important, because it’s good for Bali.

What advice would you give the younger generations?

There are a lot of bad things now, like drugs and AIDS, and the young people must stay away from them.

Are you worried about dying?

No, I am not. I would like to die now. I am often sick and feel as though I am close to death.

When was the happiest time of your life?

I am the happiest now than I have ever been, because I don’t have many responsibilities now. My children have grown up and don’t need help from me anymore. They take care of me when I’m ill, and that makes me happy.

And the worst?

When I was around 30. I had six wives, and it was difficult at nighttime. Each wife would be angry if I didn’t spend time with them, and I was often confused, so much so that I would often just go to a friend’s house to get away from them.

What’s humanity all about?

About trust, trusting one another.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

Because people are greedy.

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?

Eighty. I feel close to death.

Is there anything you still want to do?


Is one lifetime enough?

Yes, it is enough.

How has Bali changed since you were a child?

There’s more food now. When I was young, people didn’t eat that much rice, because it was expensive; we used to mix it with cassava.

Is it better or worse?

It’s relative – for people who like money, maybe Bali is better now, but for people who value the traditional aspects of Bali, it’s worse. Family relationships are not as close as they were before.

Has tourism been good for Bali?

Yes, it’s good for the economy.

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

Western people are more concerned about everything than people in the East. They’re much more concerned about details.

Have you ever doubted your religion?


What makes you so sure about it?

In the time of revolution, I often asked for the Gods’ help. And then miracles happened in my life. That’s made me believe more in my religion.

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