a business man from denpasar

Name: Putu Djima
Age: 66
Occupation: Businessman
Location: Denpasar

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?

That in order to become successful, it’s necessary to concentrate and focus. When I became a businessman in the tourist industry, I learned the importance of that lesson.

What’s most important?

Prosperity – in terms of the spiritual, mental and physical health of my family.

What advice would you give to the younger generations?

I would advise the younger generations to understand the importance of family life, respect their parents, attend good schools with good teachers and obtain the highest level of education possible.

Are you worried about dying?

Not really. I’ve lived a good life, full of spiritual activities.

When was the happiest time of your life?

During the period between 1996 and 1998, when my business was at its most successful.

And the worst?

The worst time in my life was after the Bali bombings.

What’s humanity all about?

Humanity is about growing well and respecting each other. It’s about socializing with each other, regardless of the differences between the rich and the poor, or between educational backgrounds.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

People have so many diverse interests in the world. When they act in order to pursue their interests, they find that their interests conflict with other people’s interests.

Is a peaceful world impossible?

In a broad sense, the word “peaceful” is relative. I think an absolutely peaceful world is impossible.

How old do you feel?

Frankly, I don’t feel too old. I’ve stopped struggling in life. Feeling young comes from the spirit to learn and to follow the world’s developments.

Is there anything you still want to do?

Yes, certainly. I’m still working on educating my children and grandchildren. I still want to participate in community activities and contribute my knowledge and experiences to my social circles.

Is one lifetime enough?

That depends on what beliefs you have. In the Hindu religion, one life is not enough. There will be another life after this life. Therefore, doing as much good as possible in this life is necessary in order to get a better life in the future.

How has Bali changed since you were a child?

There have been big changes in Bali. When I was a child, life was simple. However, Bali has not been able to close itself to the world’s currents. In the period between 1940 and 1970, farming and religion were Bali’s mainstays. Now, tourism is.

Has tourism been good for Bali?

Certainly. Tourism in a broad sense has been good, although some impacts of tourism have not been good. We can’t have it all.

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

The East is based more on natural, social and spiritual activities. In the West, activities are more fragmented and individualistic.

Have you ever doubted your religion?

No. Religion is always good, so I have no doubts about my religion, Hinduism. We have to live our lives in accordance to the religion we belong to.

What makes you so sure of it?

My religion comes from the teachings of the Supreme God, the God Almighty. God can create what human beings can and cannot do. Based on that, I’m very sure of my religion.

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