Egils Brizga, 51, is a retired artist from Australia
What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
Humbleness and happiness.
What’s most important?
What advice would you give the younger generations?
Since I taught for 30 years, I would tell them to learn respect and to have good values and also a sense of humor.
Are you worried about dying?
No, because life and death are part of the living process. If I was religious, I would be afraid, I think. But for me, heaven and hell are just illusions. I only hope I will not have a painful death.
What was the happiest time of your life?
The birth of my daughter, my only child.
And the worst?
The death of my father, who died from cancer.
What’s humanity all about?
I don’t think humanity has a specific reason to be here. We are only part of the universe, the system. Still, it should be about love and happiness, I suppose.
Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
Intolerance, misunderstanding, religion. Religion gives birth to intolerance, so they seem to me to be related.
Is a peaceful world possible?
It is possible, but not for centuries. There has to be a new philosophy, but we are too young for it.
How old do you feel?
Young enough to keep learning, so around 25 or 30, I guess.
Is one lifetime enough?
Sure, to understand your position in the universe.
How has Bali changed?
Now it is more materialistic. There’s more traffic, more motorbikes and more noise.
Has tourism been good for Bali?
Most Balinese would say it has been good because it provides them with an income.
What’s the major difference between the East and West?
Materialism and consumerism comes from the West, but I think the West is getting richer and the East poorer.
Have you ever doubted your religion?
Oh yeah, very early on. Then I became an atheist.
What makes you so sure about what you believe?
When I apply science to religious texts, I realize there is nothing rational. For me, religion was simply created by humans, thousand of years ago. My cynicism made me a disbeliever in religion.