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FADE IN.

INT. WANCHAI - DAY

Walking past Wanchai, PETER notices something.

PETER (V.O.)

I see two lines of orange

ribbons enclosing part of

a train station...Doesn't

look natural to divide like

that...

Peter takes a photo of the tram station.

INT.SITTING ROOM - DAY

Peter is having screen time.

PETER (V.O.)

Even outsiders can't

bear to ask the question

I've in my mind too.

We see the Quora question: Why are Hongkongers so stupid to ruin Hong Kong's reputation?

PETER (V.O.)

Let me jot down my

draft answer first.

Having typed intermittently, Peter pauses.

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

What exactly is stupidity?

Peter serves the web.

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

A great lack of intelligence

or common sense...

Pausing.

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

But there're university

students, professors,

professionals etc who

are equally stupid. Why?

INT. RESTAURANT - DAY

Finishing the last mouthful of barbecue pork rice, Peter researches with phone.

PETER (V.O.)

Oh, there was a study

on the issue decades

ago...

Pausing.

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

Stupid people are

those whose efforts are

counterproductive to both

their or others' interests.

Nodding.

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

There's a Chinese

saying to that effect too.

We don't do those things-

because they're stupid.

Peter reads on.

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

Everyone underestimates

the number of stupid

people around them.

Nodding.

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

Yes, the recent events

reveal them...

Peter is in thoughts.

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

Stupidity is an independent

characteristic of a certain

person...

Digesting.

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

That explains why some

apparently smart people

can be stupid! There're

empirical proofs.

Nodding.

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

Engaging with stupid

people always turns out

to be a costly mistake.

Nodding.

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

Yes, confronting stupid

radicals can be nasty.

As he reads on, Peter is taken aback.

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

Stupid people are most

dangerous...as rational

people can't understand

or predict their behaviour.

Pausing.

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

This's what's happening

in Hong Kong. The analytical

model has explanatory

power. Let me revisit my

draft.

Peter taps his phone screen a few times.

PETER (V.O.)

As there are stupid people

in every society, the role of

the non-stupid, particularly

the intelligent ones is

significant. This's particularly

so if the societal development

is on the decline, as the

negative force of stupid

people, bandits and helpless

ones would make life

particularly tough for the

intelligent ones.

Peter adds to his Quora answer:

(At the top)

Opening hard fact of being born: Humans are not born equal.

(At the bottom)

Closing hard fact of roles in life: Some humans are intelligent and constructive, while some are stupid and destructive.

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

Such are hard facts of

life and society. It has

been like that since time

immemorial. Nature works

in mysterious ways. I've

no complaint!

FADE OUT.

THE END

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