Joe Fay, 67, from Australia is a volunteer advisor for community development projects currently working in Bali
What is the greatest lesson life has taught you?
The value of relationships at all levels.
What is most important?
Well, it goes back again to people. Relating to people, sharing problems and happiness and learning together.
What advice would you give the younger generations?
To be true to themselves and evaluate regularly their priorities, not just today and tomorrow but in their lives on the whole. Also not to be swayed by the pack.
Are you worried about dying?
I sure as hell don’t want to die but as I’ve gotten older, what was a fear of death has become more of an acceptance that it has to end at some point. It’s still sad, though.
What was the happiest time of your life?
Raising my daughter.
And the worst?
When I lost my brother a few months ago.
What is humanity all about?
My initial reaction is, “I don’t know.” I think that’s a question that each individual can and should come to their own conclusions about.
Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
For many reasons, but underlying them all is a fear of others. A lack of understanding others creates the fear.
Is a peaceful world possible?
How old do you feel?
Probably about 40 but I know I look 42!
Is one lifetime enough?
No, gimme more. I’d learn from each one.
How has Bali changed?
Enormously. I first came in 1972 and it was much more simple and open. There was an enormous curiosity on the part of travellers towards the Balinese and the Balinese towards travellers.
Has tourism been good for Bali?
It’s a mixed bag, but predominantly negative. This is only a judgement by a foreigner, of course; it’s the Balinese that have to judge for themselves.
What’s the major difference between the East and the West?
Different social values, but again we should be looking for commonalities not differences. We usually concentrate on differences and don’t pursue commonalities.
Have you ever doubted your religion?
Yes, and that’s a good thing. We should all do it.