Ibu Marsi is a 95-year-old from Ubud with seven sons and 16 grandchildren
What is the greatest lesson life has taught you?
Take care of yourself so you can stay healthy and work hard.
What is most important?
Health and my children and grandchildren.
What advice would you give the younger generations?
Don’t fight over material possessions. I am always happiest when my family is getting along well.
Are you worried about dying?
No, I’ve already experienced so much; I’m ready for death.
What was the happiest time of your life?
Now when my children and grandchildren are together I’m happiest.
And the worst?
When the Dutch were here in Bali – it was very scary. My brother, who was the only boy, was killed during that time. It was a very sad time for me.
What is humanity all about?
It’s about taking the bad with the good, like the Balinese colors black and white together. It’s about keeping strong connections with family and having happy relationships.
Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
Because of neighbors and families disagreeing. People often fight for economic reasons, like families fighting over inheritance.
Is a peaceful world possible?
It’s not possible right now. I feel like Bali is 10-percent peaceful and 90-percent troubled right now.
How old do you feel?
I already feel very old. I would like to die soon.
Is one lifetime enough?
I believe in reincarnation, so I don’t have to worry about one lifetime being enough or not.
How has Bali changed?
There are a lot more people from outside here now and they are influencing younger generations. Young people are more free and braver. They openly have girlfriends and boyfriends and aren’t shy to be seen out.
Has tourism been good for Bali?
Yes, our lives depend on it. I just hope the Balinese remember how important their religion is even if they have more money.
What’s the major difference between the East and the West?
Westerners are more liberal and freer. In the East we still follow our cultural rules and laws.
Have you ever doubted your religion?
No. I was brought up with it and it has stayed with me all this time.
What makes you so sure about it?
I believe in karma and I have lived my life well following my religion.