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The Universal Language


FADE IN:

INT. LECTURE THEATER, HKU - DAY

PETER and two GENTLEMEN act as panel of judges. A competition TEAM MEMBER addresses the panel.

TEAM MEMBER ...Tech, music and love

are universal languages...

PETER (V.O.)

Although we use English

to communicate, there're

people (including my Mom)

who don't understand English.

The team simply emphasizes

their tech-based business

case.

INT. STUDY - DAY

Peter plays guitar fingering.

PETER (V.O.)

We often hear music

as the universal language.

Can I communicate

with all with my music?

My music reflects my style

and cultural background.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

I recall there's a song

called: Language of

Love.

Peter surfs the web with his phone. A video clip depicting a black vinyl record appears on the screen.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

I've found it! Oh, it's

a 1961 song by John

D Loudermilk. Is love

a language we all

understand? Yes, but

is love a means of

communication to all?

FLASHBACK

INT. VILLAGE DWELLING - DAY (1967)

Having listened to radio, Peter (13) sings: All my love, came to nothing at all my love...

END FLASHBACK

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

We just love somebody. not all.

Peter looks at his smart phone.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

I post reviews in English

and photos on social

media platforms. For the

past 2 years, my reviews

have over 1 M views and

and my photos over 13M.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd)

My photos depict nature

and food in my artistic

way. Are natural beauty

and food that satisfy

our higher and basic

needs universal

languages?

Peter looks at his other handheld devices.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Technology impacts on

our lives. I've many hours

of screen time on my own.

Does tech really help us

communicate even if

the other side has the

communication hardware

and software? My Mom

is only learning.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

During yesterday's

competition's feedback

session, I did comment on

the team's characterization

of universal languages.

FLASHBACK

INT, LECTURE THEATER, HKU - DAY

Team stand in front of the panel.

PETER

You didn't mention money

as a universal language!

The team and their COACH smile.

PETER (Cont'd)

I believe the goal of

your business plan is

all about it!

ALL laugh.

END FLASHBACK

PETER (V.O.)

I go to Japan from time

to time although I don't

speak any Japanese.

I can pick up something

in a convenient store

and pay for it without

saying a word in Japanese.

Peter surfs the web and finds something.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Karl Marx says money is

the universal, self-constituted

value of all things. Money

has robbed the whole world...

its proper value.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Does money alienate human's

essence and subject humans

to the relentless pursuit of

money? That's a moral

question.We're the captain

of our soul and master of

our fate.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

But money, through price

systems everywhere

harmonizes humans' subjective values and

their comparative advantages

in their respective value

creation, enabling trade-

offs all over the world.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

So a good business plan

is one that should forge

the universal language!

FADE OUT. The End

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