Name: I Ketut Suberatha
Age: 64
Occupation: Farmer
Location: Pupuan, Tabanan

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?

I have a simple life. Life has taught me that education is must if I want my children to have better lives.

What’s most important?

Education. More education leads to a more enriched life.

What advice would you give to younger generations?

I hope our younger generations will study seriously and learn to protect the Balinese art and culture.

Are you worried about dying?

Yes, I am. I worry that I will leave this life without getting to see my grandchild achieve his ambitions.

When was the happiest time of your life?

I’ve always been happy in my life.

And the worst?

When the communists tried to kill me.

What’s humanity all about?

Humanity is about achieving happiness and peace in life.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

Maybe it’s because of drinking and politics.

Is a peaceful world impossible?


How old do you feel?

I feel great because I still like to work. I feel like I am 45 years old.

Is there anything you still want to do?

Yes, I would like to keep taking care of my farm and watch my grandchild become successful.

Is one lifetime enough?

I think it’s enough because it’s hard enough to live in this world once.

How has Bali changed since you were a child?

All of it has changed. Now it’s easier to get a job and to get food.

Is it better or worse?

It’s better and worse. It’s better because it’s easier to afford things in my life, but it’s worse because we have a bad younger generation.

Has tourism been good for Bali?

Good and bad. Good because we have more international friends and worse because bad culture has influenced our younger generation.

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

I think the West is better than the East when it comes to looking out for humanity.

Have you ever doubted your religion?

No, I have never doubted. I have always believed in my religion.

What makes you so sure of it?

I am so sure of it because God has always given me the grace to be healthy so that I am able to live happily with my family. (NK/BT)

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