Norbert Gerber is a 60-year-old retired expat from Germany and father of one.

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
Experience as much as possible in your life.

What’s most important?
Being healthy and having a job.

What advice would you give the younger generations?
Always tell the truth. Also, never give up trying to get a better educa-tion in life.

Are you worried about dying?
No, I’m not.

When was the happiest time of your life?
When I was married, for 18 years, because I had a family.

And the worst?
When I got divorced.

What’s humanity all about?
Having respect for other religions and cultures and respect for other people in general.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
I think it happens because most of the rich people in this world want to get richer. Money turns the world around.

Is a peaceful world possible?
No, it’s not. It’s improving now; there were more conflicts in the past. But they will never end. There will always be conflicts in this world.

How old do you feel?
I feel I’m 50 because my health is good at the moment.

Is one lifetime enough?
Yes, because we’re not made up to have more than one lifetime.

How has Bali changed?
Things are improving. There isn’t so much plastic garbage anymore. But I think kids here need to be educated about looking after the environment. Something that hasn’t improved is the corrup-tion. It’s still really bad, especially in everything that has to do with visas in immigration.

Has tou-rism been good for Bali?
Yes, it has. Tourism has generated a lot of local income. There are a lot of tourists from all over the world and local people have better cross-cultural understan-ding and vice versa.

What’s the major difference between the East and the West?
The security system and economy are better in the West. Also, the educational system in the West is better, so people in the West are more intellectual.

Have you ever doubted your religion?
I don’t have any religion.

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