Name: Mashud
Age: 70
Occupation: Chief of Merta Bakti village, Denpasar

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
There are a lot of things that I have learned, but the most important to me is respect. I have learned a lot about respect from dealing with all the people in my village.

What’s most important?
Religion. In my opinion, our religion will keep us safe after we die.

What advice would you give the younger generations?
Work hard and be honest.

Are you worried about dying?
Many people worry about dying, but we shouldn’t be scared if we believe deeply enough in our religion.

What was the happiest time of your life?
Having a family. It feels incredible to have a family like mine.

And the worst?
I always try to be positive, so I can’t really think of a worst time.

What’s humanity all about?
Humanity is about serving God and obeying all of His rules.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
Because there are many opinions in this world, some of which can’t be united.

Is a peaceful world possible?
No, because there are good things and bad things in this world. So it is impossible to hope for a completely peaceful world. I do think the amount of conflicts could be decreased, though.

How old do you feel?

I only feel different physically. I don’t have the power I had many years ago.

Is one lifetime enough?
One life is enough, but we must take advantage of everything we are offered.

How has Bali changed?
It is much different than it used to be, especially the environment. There used to be many big trees and ricefields, but now there are too many big buildings.

Has tourism been good for Bali?

Of course. It has improved the lives of the Balinese.

What’s the major difference between the East and West?
I don’t really know about the differences because I don’t know much about the way foreigners live. Besides, I don’t like comparing one to the other; everyone has their own unique character.

Have you ever doubted your religion?

Yes, once, but that was before I was deeply into learning about my religion. After reading religious books and learning more about it, I now never doubt my religion or my God.

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