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A State of Nature


FADE IN:

EXT. ROAD - DAY

Blue sky. Walking towards a car park, PETER looks up at the sky.

PETER (V.O.)

What a good day!

INT. CLUBHOUSE - DAY

Sofas filled with senior CITIZENS. Holding a newspaper, Peter finds a spot to sit down and begins to read an article.

PETER (V.O.)

(Smiling)

Asking Donald Trump what

message the Hong Kong

rioters are sending? I like

his factual answer - they're

having a demonstration.

EXT. PARK - DAY

Jogging, Peter notices a partially-uprooted tree has begun to grow again.

Ding! ...Ding! Peter stops to check his phone messages.

In a What'sApp chat group communication, we see: Let's take to the streets again! Bring down that evil woman!

PETER (V.O.)

Through my regular travels

and contacts, I've been

included in chat groups near

and far, I can feel the pulse

of what's happening in the

world.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.)

They share the same

value, against the same

targets. Rioting excites

and delights them.

Peter jogs on.

EXT. SWIMMING POOL - DAY

Relaxing in a pool chair, Peter checks his WeChat chat group communications.

PETER (V.O.)

Well, my mainland friends

share a video clip from

Taiwan about the Hong

Kong riots...

Peter taps the video clip.

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

It's a Taiwan anchor's

analysis of Hong Kong's

Extradition Amendment

Bill...

We hear indistinctly: There's nothing wrong with the Bill seeking to extradite criminals committing the specified 37 serious offences...In the final analysis, it's just an anti-China movement!

INT. STUDY - DAY

Sitting in a sofa surrounded by guitars, Peter watches BBC. We hear: Hong Kong people are afraid to use their metro cards. They don't want to enable others to track their whereabouts. They pay cash to buy the metro tickets instead.

PETER (V.O.)

Yes, that's the group's risk

assessment. They riot

believing their chance of

being caught is low. There're

so many of them.

Pausing.

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

If they use violence, they

believe others will follow

suit. The police's response

will make them more angry.

Pausing.

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

What are they rioting for?

Injustice towards them, as

criminal suspects? And

no sanction for breaching

the peace?

Pausing.

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

Before I studied philosophy.

I didn't have my own value.

I might blindly follow others'

examples without discerning

whether they're right or

wrong.

Pausing.

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

Due to the group identity,

rioters will act in the group's

best interest.

Pausing.

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

But their group loyalty will

diminish when the risk

of being arrested becomes

high.

Pausing.

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

Is there a way to get

rid of rioting for good?

The cause is often some

perceived injustice. To

tackle social perception

via persuasion is never

easy though.

Pausing.

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

The other option is to

pre-ampt riots by limiting

people's freedom via law and sanction. While rioting

for less freedom wouldn't

be their intention, I believe

that would be the likely

long-term outcome.

Pausing.

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

I think the risk of rioters

being arrested in future

riots will be high.

Peter reads an incoming news-clipping mail with links.

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

University students say

they simply follow the

universal value. Sounds

good - but Is that actually

criminality?

Peter takes a look at a thick book on Philosophy on his desk.

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

Do they want to return to

a state of nature - no law,

no government, and no police

too? If so, our good days

are numbered!

Peter looks frustrated.

FADE OUT. The End

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