Name: I Ketut Suandra
Age: 56
Occupation: Retired civil servant
Location: Denpasar

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?

Life has taught me that work is important to make our families prosperous and to keep our lives our harmonious.

What’s most important?

Prosperity and health are most important.

What advice would you give to younger generations?

I would advise them to avoid the influence of drugs. I would also tell them to dedicate more time and effort to the community and their families.

Are you worried about dying?

Certainly, yes. I want to see what my great-grandchildren are like.

When was the happiest time of your life?

When I finished my studies overseas, in Calgary, Canada.

And the worst?

When I wasn’t able to finish my master’s degree. I was very disappointed at the time.

What’s humanity all about?

Humanity is about togetherness, regardless of class levels and distinctions.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

I think there are so many conflicts because in most places, like Indonesia, for instance, we’ve adopted a democratic system so everyone thinks they can say whatever they want.

Is a peaceful world impossible?

I think a peaceful world is possible, but it depends on government policies and international and national relations.

How old do you feel?

I am 56 years old, but I feel much younger because I still move around a lot.

Is there anything you still want to do?

At this age, I want to pursue more religious activities. I want to get more involved in Bali’s traditional musical arts.

Is one lifetime enough?

In Balinese Hinduism, we believe if we only live once, then that’s good, but if we get reincarnated we will face more challenges and trials than our past lives. Reincarnated lives are our punishments.

How has Bali changed since you were a child?

It’s changed a lot. The use of technology has now become widespread. When I was a teenager, I never used a motorbike. I had to walk everywhere. But since 1975 to the present, there’s been a rapid increase in vehicle use.

Has tourism been good for Bali?

Yes, in my opinion, I think tourism has been good for Bali.

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

The difference is in terms of religious beliefs.

Have you ever doubted your religion?


What makes you so sure of it?

For generations, my family has been Hindu. Generation to generation, we’ve inherited the family temples and have looked after them. My family and I strongly believe in our religious background and history.

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