MONGOLIA - Nomad
Interview made by Cyril Bruyelle in August 2017
Zorgit is a 54 year-ol Mongolian nomad living somewhere south of Ulaanbaatar, in the Umnugobi province (it’s pretty much all I can say about the location since it was really 3 yurts in the middle of nowhere). I stayed at his “camp” one night on my way to the Gobi Desert. My guide helped me for the translation. His interview was short, maybe because Zorgit know exactly who he is and what is his purpose of life, without overthinking about it. His interview reminds me of other interviews of small farmers that we have made around the world.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I wanted to be a herdsman.
With whom would you like to have a coffee?
With my friends.
If you could choose something that could be taught in every school in the world, what would it be?
Driving, maybe in a driving school.
To you, what’s the main characteristic that all human being have in common?
To you, who is the happiest person on earth?
Mongolians in general.
If you were President of the US, what would your first reform be?
Oh that's a too big question for me. Mainly I would do something for peace and stop war.
What do you need?
As for now I don't need anything.
What would you do if we gave you 1 million dollars now?
I will try to develop my tourist agency.
Which innovation, realistic or not, would greatly ease your day-to-day life?
What’s the news that affects you the most in your country these days?
Ahh, there is nothing much going on.
Do you think your life is easier or more complicated than the life of your parents?
Much better. Everything is open and well paid. In their times food and other products were scarcer. They just took care of the cattle. There was nothing more they could do.
If you had to create a company, what would it be?
Tourism, I think.
What are you afraid of?
What is your dream?
To increase the size of our cattle.
Close your eyes, you are in 2100, what do you see?
I think there will be no more countryside anymore, right? I think in 80 years there won’t be livestock industry anymore, just big cities.
What is the most beautiful thing that you’ve seen in your life?
I think the award that I got once, best worker award in a livestock firm. Any award that we get is so memorable. I got that award when I was 30 years old.
If you had to write a book about the current world, what would be the title?
This one I don't know.
Who is God for you?
My mother and my father.
Which of your country's cultural specificities are you the proudest of?
Herdsman's life skills and traditions.
If you could do any job regardless of money, what would it be?
Livestock farmer I think. I'm a herdsman so that's all I can think about.
If you had to explain our planet to an alien, what would you say?
This one is a funny question. I don't know, we have mountains, water and air.
And you, which question would you like to ask the world?
I don't know what to ask. It’s hard to ask something to other people.
What do you do? How do you live? Or What do you have in your country? I might ask how do you manage livestock industry or Do you have one in your country?