Allow me to expand on precisely why this prior quote is so utterly wrong when it comes to Bali…that quote being:
“The increasing crime rates in Bali are due to the lowering of barriers of respect of personal space between people.”
Anyone with a modicum of knowledge of Balinese culture understands that “personal space” is a non sequitur and a concept which is not at all embraced or valued by the Balinese.
All over Bali, indeed, even in the grotesquely westernized areas of southern Bali, the Balinese predominantly live in family compounds where it is typical to find three or four generations all sharing the same living space. These compounds are normally connected, linked together and in sum, constitute the village, (kampung) and from which the workings of adat emerge. For the Balinese, it is the embrace of family, and extended family (the village) which is the nucleus of their lives.
There is little or no “personal space” in these compounds, and aside from married couples (sons of the patriarch of the family), even sleeping rooms are shared along with the kitchen, mandi (bathrooms), bales, etc.
This choice of close communal living is not a result of economics, or any other misunderstanding by western ideologies, rather it is an essential aspect of Balinese culture which has been a key aspect of Balinese culture way before the first westerner ever sat foot on Bali over four hundred years ago. Western influence has virtually nothing to do with how the Balinese continue to live. And, it never will.
Crime in Bali, and its perceived increase has absolutely nothing to do with “lowering the barriers of respect of personal respect between people.” That idea is simply ridiculous.
Furthermore, it is also completely inaccurate to proffer the misconception that crime is on an increase in Bali. It isn’t. All one needs to do is to study crime statistics for Bali in relation to population, and in so doing, come to the accurate conclusion that crime is very much in the same relative proportion to population here as it has for many decades.
Sorry to say, but little else bothers me more than when those who would mislead others in their views of Bali (distorted and terribly inaccurate) unabashedly spew their ignorance within a false cloak of truth.
Sure, I embrace the right of free speech as much as anyone, but I despise purposeful false comments that are tendered without any documentation, supportive data or personal experience.