Farmer, painter, sculpter

Name: Ketut Sutre
Age: 60
Occupation: Farmer, painter and sculptor
Location: Desa Village, Lod Tunduh, Ubud

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?

I’ve learned that in order to achieve familial happiness, it takes hard work. From farming to painting and sculpting, I’ve worked hard all my life. Everything I’ve done in life has been for my family.

What’s most important?

Health comes first. When we are healthy, we are able to work hard and succeed in order to provide for the family.

What advice would you give to the younger generations?

I would tell them that school is really important. Education is the way younger generations can make their lives better.

Are you worried about dying?

Yes, I am worried about dying. That’s why I want to keep myself as healthy as possible by exercising.

When was the happiest time of your life?

It’s hard to pinpoint when I’ve been happiest because I have three children. Each time one of them got married, I felt the happiest I’ve ever been. I have two sons and a daughter, and I’m very proud of them.

And the worst?

When my wife got into a motorbike accident. A tire iron cut her foot, and she needed to get 45 stitches. She had to spend three months in hospital.

What’s humanity all about?

Humanity is about helping each other, loving each other and taking care of each other without expecting anything in return.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

Conflicts are caused between different ideas. Different people have different ideas, and when people can’t accept each other’s differences, conflicts occur.

Is a peaceful world impossible?

A peaceful world is possible, but in order to create a peaceful world, people have to be willing to make sacrifices and compromises. Achieving peace also takes patience and humility.

How old do you feel?

I feel like I’m 50 years old.

Is there anything you still want to do?

I still want to see my family united. As family, we have to be together and help each other. I want to see my family live in harmony.

Is one lifetime enough?

One lifetime is enough for me because I think my life now is already complete. I’ve already achieved the seven elements of life: humility/modesty, peace, awareness, passion, love/caring, sincerity and charity. We only live once, so we have to stay away from anger, jealousy, greed, envy, snobbery and conceit.

How has Bali changed since you were a child?

Bali’s changed a lot because of tourism. Before tourism, Bali was more about farming and agriculture. There were a lot more shepherds back then. I remember that I used to have to cut grass in order to feed the cows. Now we have tourism, which I think has been a good thing. Some places are now too commercialized, but otherwise I think tourism has been good for Bali.

Has tourism been good for Bali?

Yes. Tourism has changed the lives of Balinese people. Before tourism, we mainly ate cassava, but now we’re able to try a variety of different foods. We’re open to new experiences. With tourism, I’ve also been able to explore new ways of making a living.

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

I can’t say what the difference between the entire East and the entire West is, but I have noticed the difference between Balinese people and some of the Western foreigners here. The Balinese hold tight to religion. It’s something we keep practicing. It’s part of our way of life.

Have you ever doubted your religion?


What makes you so sure of it?

My religious beliefs are inherited from my ancestors. It’s something the family has believed in for generations, so it must be something good.

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