Name : Ketut Joda
Age : 59
Occupation : Carpenter
Location : Gianyar

What’s the greatest lesson has taught you?

I learned that to be selfish is a very bad thing. Taking care of others is the most rewarding thing that people can do.

What’s most important?
Family and my religion.

What advice would you give the younger generations?
That believing in yourself and your God makes life easier.

Are you worried about dying?
No, I’m not. I’ve had a good life.

What was the happiest time of your life?
When I was a young child I had the freedom to play and be outdoors all the time. I was a very happy child and had a lot of family and friends to play with.

And the worst?
I haven’t had any really bad times, but there have been times when money has been hard to find and my family was sometimes hungry and tired from working so hard.

What’s the humanity about?
It’s about taking care of each other and enjoying life.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
People don’t take care of each other as they should. Humans are selfish creatures.

Is a peaceful world possible?
I think so. People seem to be coming around to working together and with the environment.

How old do you feel?
I still feel like a young child sometimes but other times I feel at the end of my life.

Is one lifetime enough?
If you use it well.

How has Bali changed since you were a child?
Bali is much more crowded and dirty now. It’s a real shame because it was such a beautiful place.

Has tourism been good for everyone?

Not for all. It is good for the prosparity of the people, but I can’t help thinking our culture is being diluted.

What’s the major difference between the East and West?
We know how to have fun and relax in the East.

Have you ever doubted your religion?
No, never.

What makes you so sure about it?
It keeps me on the right path and makes me feel like a whole, happy person.

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