Ketut Gede Karnaya, 75, from Denpasar, is a retired chief of security at the national TV station TVRI who also worked as a tourist guide. He has four children and two grandchildren.

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
I learned that I have to work hard to live.

What’s most important?
My family’s health, so that we can work and live.

What advice would you give the younger generations?
The young generation is good. I can just say: Keep this country safe.

Are you worried about dying?
No, when it’s time, it’s God’s will. I will be happy with it.

When was the happiest time of your life?
When I met the love of my life. No women would go out with me because I was poor. Then I met my wife at my work place and she married me. I was so happy. And I’m still happy now.

And the worst?
When I was a kid. I came from a very poor family. My mother used to go around to get leftover rice. She cooked and shared the rice with my seven siblings. They were hard times.

What’s humanity all about?
We have to unite, work hard and help each other to have a safe and wealthy life.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
Because everyone wants to have power and wants to be a leader.

Is a peaceful world possible?
I don’t know. If people were not too greedy to get whatever they want, I think it would be possible.

How old do you feel?
My age, 75.

Is one lifetime enough?
As my religion has taught me, I believe in reincarnation. One lifetime is not enough.

How has Bali changed?
It has developed very well. People used to go to the farm, but now there are lots of offices that people go to. There are a lot of bigger and better buildings.

Has tourism been good for Bali?
Yes. Bali has developed because of tourism.

What’s the major difference between the East and the West?
I don’t know much about the West.

Have you ever doubted your religion?

What makes you so sure about it?
Because it’s the principal in my religion. We have to believe in God.


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