Name: Mangku Pasek
Location: Sila Karang, Singapadu
Whatâ€™s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
Itâ€™s simple: you need a job to make money and make sure your family has everything they need, like good food to stay healthy.
Whatâ€™s most important?
Just family being together and being happy.
What advice would you give the younger generations?
Work hard so you donâ€™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. Iâ€™m only scared that my family will be sad when I leave them.
When was the happiest time of your life?
Now Iâ€™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.
Whatâ€™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 donâ€™t.
How old do you feel?
Sometimes I feel old because Iâ€™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?
Itâ€™s changed in so many ways. The most simple thing is appearance – for example, the naked body is shameful now. Weâ€™re not so free anymore.
Has tourism been good for Bali?
For money itâ€™s good, for culture its not. The young generation arenâ€™t so interested in their culture anymore. They want to be part of globalization.
Whatâ€™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?
What makes you so sure of it?
Because I feel it, itâ€™s part of who I am.
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