I Ketut Meneng, 63, works at a local credit union in Singaraja, Buleleng

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
We have to have a nationalistic feeling. It is about the country’s future.

What’s most important?

Supporting your country’s development.

What advice would you give to the younger generations?

Be the best you can at what you do.

Are you worried about dying?

No. There’s no point worrying about it because it’s going to happen to you anyway.

When was the happiest time of your life?

In 1993, when I became involved in politics and was able to do what I believed in.

And the worst?

In 1971. I wasn’t able to continue my education. I was sad but there was nothing I could do about it.

What’s humanity all about?

Beings as good to others as you are to yourself.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

Because of different opinions and visions.

Is a peaceful world impossible?

Yes, it is.

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

I am happy. Very happy.

How old do you feel?


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?

It has changed in many ways.

Is it better or worse?

Better, because there are more facilities nowadays, like transportation. When I was young, it was very hard to get around if you didn’t have your own transport.

Has tourism been good for Bali?

Good and bad. It’s made Bali very popular, but in some aspects the culture has been negatively affected, by the influx of Western ideas.

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

People in the Eastern world are shier than Westerners, maybe because of our culture.

Have you ever doubted your religion?


What makes you so sure of it?

I was once very close to death, and was saved. After that I felt very close to God, and began to believe more.

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