Modern Versus Primitive in Indonesia

Mr. Sekaliou, 42, lives in Mongorut village on the outskirts of the forest, a brisk 90-minute walk from his parents. He farms and does odd jobs there, and tries to visit his parents every weekend. ...
Mr. Sekaliou said he was disappointed by his life in the village, saying he looked forward to staying with his parents during their twilight years. “Personally, I prefer living in the forest,” he said. “I’m happier there. I don’t have to stress about finding work every day.”

On a recent evening, as he watched his father return from feeding his pigs, he added: “The older generation is happier than we are.”
- Jon Emont and Sergey Ponomarev, Modern World Tugs at an Indonesian Tribe Clinging to Its Ancient Ways, NYT, Dec. 2, 2016

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