I Made Surata is a 61-year-old farmer from Singapadu in south-central Bali who has three children

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?

To work hard to keep my family safe and healthy.

What’s most important?

My family.

What advice would you give the younger generations?
To get an education and work hard to make sure your future is stable and not too difficult.

Are you worried about dying?
No. Everyone dies.

When was the happiest time of your life?
When I was a young man and my children were little and running around playing together.

And the worst?

When my father died and my two brothers and I had to start to support the family; it was very difficult.

What’s humanity all about?
Living together and helping others in our community.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
People disagree on so many things. People have their own opinions on religion, money and land and get angry when others don’t agree with them.

Is a peaceful world possible?
My world is peaceful, and Bali is quite peaceful, but we are only a tiny piece of this world. So no, maybe a peaceful world isn’t possible.

How old do you feel?
Most days, 61.

Is one lifetime enough?

It’s enough if you behave the right way.

How has Bali changed?

The roads are much busier and there are a lot more foreigners here. Things were quieter and I felt like we were more remote when I was a young boy.

Has tourism been good for Bali?
Yes, my daughter-in-law works at a restaurant in Badung and is able to bring home a good salary. A lot of families have someone working in the tourism industry, which has made their lives easier.

What’s the major difference between the East and the West?
In the East we have bigger families that take care of each other and we don’t worry so much about saving money to go on holidays or buy expensive things.

Have you ever doubted your religion?
No, never.

What makes you so sure about that?
I live with it every day. It has been a part of my life since the day I was born.

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