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Ni Nengah Ricun is a 62-year-old merchant from Banjar Pelambingan in North Kuta

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?

Life has been difficult and hard for me. I’ve had to struggle to live with my husband and take care of five children in poor conditions. I’ve learned a lot of lessons.

What’s most important?

What’s most important for me is to profit from farming, mainly by selling crops from the ricefield.

What advice would you give the younger generations?

They should take their studies seriously so that they have good prospects for the future.

Are you worried about dying?

No, I am not. I’m just living my life. Whatever happens is fate.

When was the happiest time of your life?

Now. I am happy because I have a peaceful family.

And the worst?

When my father died.

What is humanity all about?

Humanity is about living peacefully together.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

Because of money. When people don’t have money, they create conflicts. Materialistic thinking causes most of the conflicts in the world.

Is a peaceful world possible?

Yes. I felt that life was especially peaceful during the last period of Suharto’s presidency. But now things are different. Everything’s expensive.

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

Sometimes I’m happy and sometimes I’m disappointed. The good and the bad run close together in life.

How old do you feel?

I feel very old. I don’t feel as strong as I used to.

Is there anything you still want to do?

Yes, I want to take care of all of my grandchildren.

Is one lifetime enough?

No, because I want to be reborn once again. I want to enjoy a new life, one that will be different from my last.

How has Bali changed since you were a child?

Before, it was difficult to find rice, but now it’s very easy to get food. It’s a big change.

Is it better or worse?

It’s better because before, life was even more difficult.

Has tourism been good for Bali?

Yes, it has been good. Tourism has created jobs for the younger generation.

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

I don’t know because I’ve never gone anywhere.

Have you ever doubted your religion?

No, I’ve never doubted my religion. I am the heir of a Hindu priest.

What makes you so sure of it?

Because I enjoy being a Hindu and I don’t have any other beliefs. (NK/BT)

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