William Harrison is a 53-year-old train driver from Australia

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
To trust nobody, and to enjoy every minute. Which means you have to be able to enjoy your life even with people you don’t trust.

What’s most important?
Silly answer, but I think the most important is to be happy whatever happens.

What advice would you give the younger generations?
I would tell them to work hard when they are young, and to retire early. Or maybe to do the opposite; it depends. For me, it would be nice to retire now, for example.

Are you worried about dying?

Not afraid, but I would not like a painful death. I hope there is an afterlife, so I am not scared too much. But if I thought there was nothing, then I would probably be afraid, because life is too short.

When was the happiest time of your life?

I don’t think it has happened yet.

The worst?
There have been a few, but I don’t know, not many … Every time I leave Bali, it’s the worst time, I guess.

What’s humanity all about?

Nowadays, maybe getting ahead of people. Big businesses are trying to get ahead of everyone, so maybe business is taking over humanity.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

It’s about business again, and also religions – misunderstanding between people, because they believe in their religion, and they have conflicts with other people’s beliefs.

Is a peaceful world possible?
Yes, but I guess a peaceful world would be possible if women, or mothers, ruled it. But not crazy women – women who would care about their family, children and also about the next generations; women who could look ahead, as far as 100 years in the future perhaps…

How old do you feel?
I feel 23.

Is one lifetime enough?
No, because there are so many things I haven’t done in this life. So a few more lifetimes would be good.

How has Bali changed over the years?

Well, the people are still the same, but there are more big businesses coming to Bali now.

Has tourism been good for the island?
Tourism helps Bali to grow. There is more commercialism, more businesses, so the old Bali is disappearing, and that’s not good.

What’s the major difference between the East and West?
In the East, family is more important, and in the West, family comes second, after work.

Have you ever doubted your religion?
I don’t really have a religion. I think there is something, though.

What makes you think that?

I’m not sure, because I won’t know until it’s all over, or until I meet my God, or somebody’s else God.

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