Name: I Wayan Sekar
Location: Sanglah, Denpasar
Whatâ€™s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
When the volcano (Mt. Agung) erupted around 1963, the whole family and I had to flee to Denpasar, and we didnâ€™t bring anything at all, except the clothes we were wearing. Even our livestock was left behind. This taught me that we humans are nothing compared to the power of nature. Therefore, we must live humble lives on this planet and not destroy the environment.
Whatâ€™s most important?
To work hard, honestly and to not be a burden to society. For example, I work as a driver and in my spare time I sell gasoline. I donâ€™t bother my married children for they have their own families to look after. I have to live independently and am self-sufficient.
What advice would you give to the younger generations?
Young people should learn to be independent; they should not always rely on their family to support them. Moreover, they have to bear in their mind that every step they take in life should be one step forward and not one step back.
Are you worried about dying?
No, not at all. What I should do now is to bring my life closer to God.
When was the happiest time of your life?
When I saw all my children settled.
And the worst?
Living on my own in my old age. I have no wife; we had separated a long time ago. I donâ€™t regret it, but now I think life would be better if we were together.
Whatâ€™s humanity all about?
It is about how people go through their life by applying Godâ€™s rule to each other, to the environment, to the world. For example, if we cheat someone, we will be hated, and we ourselves will be cheated someday.
Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
The diversity of the human race in terms of colour, culture, religion etc. sometimes brings about differences between people and this causes conflicts.
Is a peaceful world impossible?
I think it is possible. Anyway people should return to their faith. And as I said before, people should not hurt each other.
How old do you feel?
Very old. But I do want to be productive in my old age. Sadly my frail body does not permit me to do many things.
Is there anything you still want to do?
I still want to keep on working and working, as long as I am still healthy.
Is one lifetime enough?
No, itâ€™s not. I want to relive my life again – if possible, to fix the many mistakes I have made.
How has Bali changed since you were a child?
Itâ€™s totally different now. When I was young, rice was a luxury and instead we ate sweet potato and wore sack trousers. But now, everyday I eat rice and wear much better quality trousers. Also, we traveled by foot in those days. I once walked from Klungkung to Singaraja; it took me seven days.
Has tourism been good for Bali?
Yes, itâ€™s been good. Tourism in Bali makes me proud.
Whatâ€™s the major difference between the East and West?
Their social lives.
Have you ever doubted your religion?
Never, not at all.
What makes you so sure of it?
Religious duties are a guide to life.
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