Nengah Sudarma, 60, from Legian Kaja, is a retired carpenter who rents out his house to tourists. He has four children and one grandchild.

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
The sense of community.

What’s most important?
My children and my wife. It was hard to persuade my wife to be with me. Also, I have sacrificed my life to educate my children as we had no income back then; there weren’t so many tourists.

What advice you would give the younger generations?
Respect people around you.

Are you worried about dying?
Of course. I don’t want to die early. I hope I can live many more years. I want to see my grandchildren grow up.

When was the happiest time of your life?
Seeing my children grow up and spending time with them.

And the worst?
When my wife was sick for a year. We needed money to pay the doctors. I felt desperate then. Luckily she is healthy now.

What’s humanity all about?
Helping each other.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
I will never understand why.

Is peaceful world possible?
I don’t think so.

How old do you feel?
In my 20s but my energy is not that great.

Is one lifetime enough?
It is. Because we will have another one if we are blessed.

How has Bali changed?
There used to be no tourists and the island hadn’t developed very much. The land was empty and now it’s full of hotels and villas.

Has tourism been good for Bali?
Very good for our economy.

What the major different between the East and the West?
In the East we are more friendly and tolerant.

Have you ever doubted your religion?
Never.

What makes you so sure of it?
Once I was sick I went to traditional doctor and he was in trance. He told me God said I had to build a temple in the house. After I built it I got well again.

BT/PCAR
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