I Wayan Redug, 80, is a seaweed farmer from Sanur who has seven children and 10 grandchildren.

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
We cannot live without other people. We must live together and help each other.

What’s most important?
My children, because they are the ones who will look after us when we are old. My life now depends on them.

What advice you would give the younger generations?
Always have respect for other people and never cause any problems for them.

Are you worried about dying?
I’m not worried but I wish I could live long enough so that I can see my grandchildren grow up and get married.

When was the happiest time of your life?
The day I got married. It was very happy moment.

And the worst?
At one time I didn’t have any money to look after my family.

What’s humanity all about?
Living and having a family to continue the human race.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
Because some people just want money and power and they are never satisfied with what they have. They always want more and more.

Is a peaceful world possible?
One day there will be a peaceful world, but only when the people use their brain more to think.

How old do you feel?
In my 50s.

Is one lifetime enough?
It’s not; that’s why we are reincarnated.

How has Bali changed?
There are many tourists now and there has been a lot of development everywhere, especially in infrastructure.

Has tourism been good for Bali?
It has been good. We now have many opportunities to work and can get a job easily.

What’s the major difference between the East and the West?
Local people are friendlier.

Have you ever doubted your religion?

What makes you so sure of it?
Because my ancestors for centuries had the same religion. It has been proven that we are always in good situations and always in God’s guidance.


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