It’s the silence; it should and has historically been the most frenetic crammed energy sapping time on the Island. It’s the look on faces, now is lead up to festive foreigner celebrations, its Christmas and New Year madness time.
It’s Bali, tourist hub of Indonesia, full throttle consumer crazy time and wet season spending splurge time. Pavements have become people lean, streets are traffic light and now worry is filling the vacuum where reliable paradise energy resided for a generation who have become very comfortable with its surety.
I have visited and lived on Bali more than anywhere else. I watched in dismay when terrorism ripped holes in its fabric and rejoiced as the Island and her people reconstituted their shattered bits and reinvented themselves and their Island in the unique way that only they can do. I looked on with concern as disposable money poured into Banjars villages and communities, spiced up by banks eager to entice mega development on the back of a Global Financial Crisis 2008 recovery. Credit was uber – fashionable, lessons from the ‘developed’ nations were ignored, as is usual in saccharine drug fuelled money frenzy, apartments villas and plastic exploded.
There are and will forever be many theories on why Gunung Agung has decided to blow his load at this time. Science will work on data graphs and geological forces. Others will come at it from a more metaphysical direction, believing that it’s an overdue warning from the biggest boy on Bali, a very sober and salient signal that things have really gone a bit too far.
But it’s the silence and the looks and the energy. It’s the third bomb, an explosive force of unprecedented nature, never experienced on modern Bali. It’s an Island that totally depends on tourism, without that Bali is dry empty parched.
Silence is the energy now. The longer this eruptive reality goes on the shorter the time until starvation begins.
Until Bali descends into depression, until Gunung Agung finishes what he started
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