Pak Warsa, 80, from Mawang Kelod, Gianyar, is a retired ricefield farmer with two wives, three children, three grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
To just work hard and take care of your family.

What’s most important?
Being together with family and of course being able to eat.

What advice would you give the younger generations?
Get an education and work hard at whatever job you get. If you are a farmer or a lawyer or a painter it doesn’t matter; you have to work just as hard at each one.

Are you worried about dying?
No. I feel I’ve had a good life and hope to be reincarnated as something even better.

When was the happiest time of your life?
When my children were young and I was working hard to keep them and my two wives happy and healthy.

And the worst?
The fall of Sukarno and the Gestapu from 1965-67 were scary times. People just disappeared and you knew they were gone forever.

What’s humanity all about?
Living together and just getting on with things.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
Because of religion, money and land.

Is a peaceful world possible?
My world is peaceful and Bali is pretty peaceful, but I don’t know much about what’s going on outside my world.

How old do you feel?
I feel old but I know I’m still healthy for my age.

Is one lifetime enough?
No. That’s why we’ll be reincarnated to make things better next time.

How has Bali changed?
So much has changed with the amount of tourism there is here now. There is less farming and more cars and bikes on the roads. Everything moves faster.

Has tourism been good for Bali?
Yes, because we have more money but no, because we are losing traditions like farming methods.

What’s the major difference between the East and the West?
I have no idea. I haven’t had much contact with foreigners at all.

Have you ever doubted your religion?
No, never. It is a very large part of my life and always has been.

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