Name: Mangku Pasek
Age: 63
Occupation: Priest
Location: Sila Karang, Singapadu

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?

It’s simple: you need a job to make money and make sure your family has everything they need, like good food to stay healthy.

What’s most important?

Just family being together and being happy.

What advice would you give the younger generations?

Work hard so you don’t have to rely on others for what you need. Be nice to people and they will be nice to you.

Are you worried about dying?

No, because I believe in reincarnation. I’m only scared that my family will be sad when I leave them.

When was the happiest time of your life?

Now I’m happier than ever. All my children are married and I have six grandchildren and another one on the way.

And the worst?

The revolution in 1965 was a very scary and difficult time to live in Indonesia.

What’s humanity all about?

Humanity is about living working together and working towards being happy without making others unhappy.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

Religion is a huge problem. No one can agree when really we only need to agree to disagree. Jealousy also sparks many conflicts.

Is a peaceful world possible?

I wish I believed it was possible but I don’t.

How old do you feel?

Sometimes I feel old because I’ve done so much, but sometimes I still feel young.

Is there anything you still want to do?

Just see my grandchildren grow up.

Is one lifetime enough?

I think so, but it depends how you live it.

How has Bali changed since you were a child?

It’s changed in so many ways. The most simple thing is appearance – for example, the naked body is shameful now. We’re not so free anymore.

Has tourism been good for Bali?

For money it’s good, for culture its not. The young generation aren’t so interested in their culture anymore. They want to be part of globalization.

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

In the West they work to save; in the East we work for the essentials for life.

Have you ever doubted your religion?

No, never.

What makes you so sure of it?

Because I feel it, it’s part of who I am.

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