I went to Bali twice around 1995 and 2000 and loved it.
Went back in 2017. It had changed into one big fairground with tuktuk drivers lining up and asking you every 3-4 meters tuktuk? Restaurants trying to pull you in as in Turkey, not a pristine bit of beach and even the remote mountains and paddy fields crowded.
It may actually be quite nice now and I think the locals (as far as they are truly locals and haven't moved to Bali for the tourist money already) prefer it less frantic too. There are lots of hostels and places that don't cater for the wealthy, so it's not being eradicated. But I don't think a little less mass-tourism is a bad thing.
BTW, the same is happening in London, Amsterdam, Paris etc. They just do not want the big crowds disrupting regular life so much anymore.
Well it’s not as bad as what they’ve done to Golden bar. It was “upgraded” three of so years ago. They messed around with the seating and did something to the bar where you rest your feet. They also “cleaned it up” which took away some of its shabby charm. I like having to lift my feet occasionally to allow the passing rats to get by It’s still my favourite for the reasons you say. Action starts around 4pm when the ice man delivers bags and bags of ice to all the bars in the plaza. Then as the sun sets and the food stalls set up, the girls and ladyboys arrive on the motorbike taxis and the vibe gets going. You can also observe the fiasco of Nana security men checking ID’s
All of that is true but my comment was in reply to "Education is not the learning of the facts, but the training of the mind to think" and it still stands.
I hope the pilot on the next plane I get on has specific education on how to fly the plane and is not just relying on intuition.