Name: Muhammad Muslik
Age: 60
Occupation: Fried rice seller
Residence: Denpasar

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?

Lessons about religion are the most valuable.

What’s the most important?

The most important is to be patient.

What advice would you give to the younger generations?

Be careful when you are socializing with people. Stay away from alcohol and drugs.

Are you worried about dying?

I’m not afraid, because it is decided by God. We don’t know how long we are going to live. It doesn’t matter as long as we keep ourselves healthy.

When was the happiest time of your life?

Every time everybody in our family gathers during the Lebaran holiday. We meet in a family house in Java. I especially love to meet my six grandchildren.

And the worst?

When I was 17 years old. I was cheated by my business partner. He ran away with all my money that I made from selling clothes at a market. My parents then helped me to start the business all over again.

What’s humanity all about?

It’s about being charitable.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

Because human civilization has grown old. People begin to forget about their relatives. It often happens now that friends become enemies and vice versa.

Is a peaceful world impossible?

I don’t know. It’s probably possible, but maybe a long time from now. It will happen when we have good leaders. It will take a long time before that happens, though.

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

I regret nothing. Everything that has happened is God’s will.

How old do you feel?

I feel old.

Is one lifetime enough?

One time is enough. Nobody gets to live twice.

How has Bali changed since you were a child?

For me, I used to sell eight kilograms of rice in one night, but now I only sell three kilograms at the most.

Is it better or worse?

It’s worse.

Has tourism been good for Bali?

It has been very good. It has created many opportunities for people.

What’s the major difference between East and West?

People in the East show less of their body; people in the West wear more revealing clothes.

Have you ever doubted your religion?


What makes you so sure of it?

Because I have practiced it since I was a child.

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