Harry Demak Hutasoit, 69, is a lawyer from Lake Toba in North Sumatra who has two children and first visited Bali in 1969, before he decided to move for good in the 80s.
What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
Try to avoid problems and stay healthy. Also, integrate in the community and with any race.
What’s most important?
What advice would you give the younger generations?
Live your life with honesty.
Are you worried about dying?
No. I believe in God.
When was the happiest time of your life?
When I could leave my home for the first time to travel around Indonesia.
And the worst moment?
When I lost my mother; I was three years old. Five years later, my father died. I’ve been staying with people who could use my strength and skills. I worked for them and stayed in their homes.
What’s humanity all about?
Unity and honesty.
Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
Many people don’t believe in God, or in themselves. Many just believe in God with their mouth but not with their heart and mind.
Is a peaceful world possible?
Yes. But in this world we have good and bad and whether we do one or the other depends entirely on us humans.
How old do you feel?
I never think about my age.
Is one lifetime enough?
As a Christian I believe there’s another life with God.
How has Bali changed?
The first time I came to Bali, in 1969, everything was very different. Before, people were simple, Balinese people and tourists. Now the attitude, the morality, has changed: it’s all about buildings and bars.
Has tourism been good for Bali?
It was very good at the beginning but from year to year it’s becoming more and more complicated. It has affected people’s minds, but only in the city, not in the villages.
What’s the major difference between the East and the West?
We’re not so different.
Have you ever doubted your religion?
No, I haven’t.
What makes you so sure about it?
I believe in my God 100 percent and always have done.