Therese Le Saux is a 74-year-old retired accountant from France

What is the greatest lesson life has taught you?
To believe in yourself, and not to rely on other people.

What’s most important?
To be in love at least once in a lifetime, and to share intimacy for someone you care for.

What advice would you give the younger generations?
I would tell them to enjoy life, and to see pleasure and beauty wherever they are. Never to loose hope, even if the world we are living in now seems to get darker and darker.

Are you worried about dying?
Of course, but I’ve had a good time, a nice life and nothing to regret. I hope I can enjoy it until the end, and that’s all.

What was the happiest time of your life?
I remember the day when my grandson was born; it was wonderful. I will never forget it.

And the worst?
The Second World War, probably. I was only a child, of course, but it remains my worst memory… everybody was so scared, and we all knew someone who died during the war.

What’s humanity all about?
All about hope, I would say. If you have no hope, then you can die, because it means you think nothing will never get better. It’s also about having people to care for, because this is what makes you go ahead in life; if you don’t, your life just becomes boring.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
Because there is poverty and inequality, and unfortunately inequality is inherent to human nature. Some are richer, more clever, more beautiful, and if you take groups instead of people, it becomes a conflict.

Is a peaceful world possible?
No, because conflicts and competition are part of being human.

How old do you feel?
I feel as old as I am but I always try to keep in touch with the present, to what the younger generations do.

Is one lifetime enough?
How do you know we only have one lifetime?

Has tourism been good for Bali?
I guess, because tourism always brings money, and people need money to live. But maybe it is not easy for the people who were born here to deal with all these foreigners coming to their island. It must be difficult to stick to the traditions.

What’s the major difference between the East and the West?
There is no major difference. They are just human beings trying to deal with different situations in the East and in the West.

Have you ever doubted your religion?
Yes. You need to doubt; it makes you grow stronger.

What makes you so sure about that?
Because if you never doubt, you fall asleep and take things for granted. If you doubt, at least you are still thinking about your religion, and thinking is better than forgetting.

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