Having visited Island Bali over a thirty five year span and lived on her environs from time to time, I was always struck by impacting foot prints, on what at one time was as pristine a place as anywhere.
Back in those times, hippies roamed at free will, staying in local family accommodation. Commonly known as “Losmen”, a basic simple Inn where traditional fare and cold bathing water, was enjoyed alongside warm breezes and warmer welcomes. An exquisite balance lived and breathed through “Tri Hita Karana”, a stable ancient Balinese belief, in a system that keeps all in harmonic balance.
This is what was introduced to those early Bules and they got it.
Those white foreigners were referred to as Bule, literally meaning albino, a novelty on a relatively locked up planet of paradise proportions.
Some of those old timers stayed on and never left, most others returned time and time again, hooked on what the Island offered and infused.
Nowadays the Bule, has been self-described as Bulenese, an extension on albino with coffee coloured flavouring. Others see both terms as insulting and dare I say racist. Whatever the label represents to Balinese is open to debate and conjecture. I’m sure their sense of humour would elicit belly laughter, with colourful variations of the Bule Badge.
The “New Age” modern Island is nothing like it did look.
Foreign Invasion has pushed any balance system to a horrific and precipitance tipping point, of no return to the halcyon days of Tri Hita Karana.
The near past, present and future Bules, would be well served to realize that making Bali into the place you ran away from, is not only arrogant. It’s stupid and selfish and hypocritical.
Those old hippies and their Balinese families must know that they did not cause this. But they may wonder if the effect that their early secret union spawned, would have been better left right there, in natures pristine printed foot.
“It’s not how long, thick or strong the rope is. It’s how frayed it is.”
Observing whats real is becoming increasingly difficult. This site is my view, my perception and my commentary on what I believe to be real, from my own unique position.