Name : Stasz Gnwch
Age : 57
Occupation : Book publisher
Residence : London
Whatâ€™s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
Fight for everything you want, and then you will get it.
Whatâ€™s most important?
Life itself, and also family.
What advice would you give the younger generations?
I would like to tell them everything in life is for the taking; everything is available; you just have to work and fight for it. I would also advise them to have respect for their fellows, and to treat people the way they would like to be treated.
Are you worried about dying?
Not at all. Itâ€™s inevitable, and there is nothing I can do to avoid it. You cannot be worried if you know you can do nothing about it. So as I cannot do anything to prevent it, I think it will be the greatest unavoidable thing in life.
What was the happiest time of your life?
I am always happy. Life has its ups and downs, but itâ€™s too short to be unhappy; unhappiness is a waste of energyâ€¦
And the worst?
I donâ€™t know. Maybe when my son had an accident when he was four; it was very stressful.
Whatâ€™s humanity all about?
I think we all have the responsibility to live the best life we can, respect our fellow men and if we manage that, it means we have been successful human beings.
Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
Because people want to get things for nothing – they are lazy; they donâ€™t want to work; so they fight to obtain what they want. But that also happens because there is no respect between fellow men.
Is a peaceful world possible?
Yes, and I say that because Iâ€™m an optimist.
How old do you feel?
Thatâ€™s an odd question, because I feel as old as I am. But sometimes I also donâ€™t feel it at all – as Iâ€™ve had a good life, my body doesnâ€™t feel 57 years old.
Is one lifetime enough?
Of course not. You can never do all that you want to do in only one life, because you donâ€™ have enough time… so many things to do; so many people to meet. People who think one life is enough donâ€™t deserve to live.
How has Bali changed?
The first time I came here was six years ago, right after the bombings. Now itâ€™s my third time, and I donâ€™t think it has changed a lot since then. There are more tourists, obviously, but the thing which has not changed at all is the people: the amazing Balinese people are what makes Bali so special.
Has tourism been good for Bali?
Yes, and tourism is necessary. People in Bali need to eat, need to educate their children, and if it has to come from tourism, then it will come from there. They just exploit the beauty of the place, the sand and the sun. They just should be careful not to over-exploit it. Bali must take care not to become like Thailand.
Whatâ€™s the major difference between the East and West?
The amount of money people have to spend to live. But except for that, they are exactly the same: they want to get married; they want to have children, and they want to give them a good life. From Ubud to Los Angeles, human beings are the same.
Have you ever doubted your religion?
Yes, all the time. I think reflective thoughts are an important human attribute. You should analyze everything in your life before accepting it, unless you are led to fanaticism, extremism.