David Bloom is a 63-year-old botanist and painter retired to Bali from London

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
That you need support from other people; you can’t do everything alone.

What is most important?

What advice would you give the younger generations?
Never forget your family and where you come from.

Are you worried about dying?
Yes. I don’t want to leave my sons and grandchildren.

What was the happiest time of your life?
When I saw my son graduate, get married and my grandchildren were born. I have all that to come again with my younger son.

And the worst?
When my parents died within a year of each other.

What’s humanity all about?
Living together and treating people as you would like to be treated.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
That is a question which is both easy and difficult to answer. People don’t agree about so many different issues, but why disagreements elevate to the point of killing I don’t know.

Is a peaceful world possible?
No, I don’t think so.

How old do you feel?
Depends on the day. Sometimes like a teenager, sometimes ancient.

Is one lifetime enough?
I don’t know yet; my first one isn’t finished.

How has Bali changed?
It hasn’t changed so much in the villages, but in Denpasar and Badung it’s now way too crowded and there are so many tourists.

Has tourism been good for Bali?
Yes and no. Moneywise it’s great; environmentally it’s terrible.

What’s the major difference between the East and the West?
In the West we live for our time off work. We save money for things. In the East it’s more like subsistence living, day by day.

Have you ever doubted your religion?
All the time.

I question all religions.

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