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Jakarta Post

Letter: A cry for Bali

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Tue, January 25 2011   /  10:36 am

Bali is not paradise in the classical sense. However, it is an island that nurtures, sustains and perpetuates an enchanted existence disconnected from a reality that many have to live with in other parts of Indonesia.As the years roll by, development continues to race toward incomprehension. It is slowly leveling the vibrant ethos and in some areas replacing verdant surroundings with concrete monstrosities that are flaccid in nature. These contorted aberrations on the Balinese landscape are desecrating the Island of the Gods and one wonders whether the day of reckoning will come when goddess Bali awakes from her slumber to return her home to a pristine land.The surreptitious inroads into sacred areas are alarming and deeply saddening.A beautiful people being corrupted by insidious consumerism with the all pervasive motto — In God we trust, rest cash — being the re...