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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Humbled By The Infinite

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. LIVING ROOM - 08:45

  4. Sitting in a sofa, PETER scrolls a chat group message on his mobile.

  5. PETER (V.O): Another human-centric post on humility and perspective.

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Let me share something different.

  8. Peter mines a video clip via YouTube.

  9. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): That's it. Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot.

  10. As Peter taps "Play", we see on screen the Earth is quickly turned into a pale blue dot by the immensity of space.

  11. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): And that's home.

  12. And we hear the narrator saying:.. every human being who ever was, lived out their lives...

  13. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): The universe is also vast in time, making the Earth and the entire history of humanity seem fleeting and insignificant in comparison.

  14. Act 2


  16. A. Castle Peak Hotel, 1969-1974. Peter (15- 20) works as a part-time waiter.

  17. B. Shing Tai Dyeing Factory, Tsuen Wan, Summer 1971. Peter (17) works as a factory worker.

  18. C. Yue Wo Tong, Lau Fau Shan, 1970-1973. Peter (17-19) works as a part-time waiter.

  19. D. Lido, Repulse Bay, Summer, 1973, Peter (19) works as a bar-tender.


  21. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): To support myself, I always worked on holidays. Life was tough.

  22. Pausing.

  23. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): When my bright peers couldn't offer any meaning of life, I helped myself by studying Philosophy.

  24. Recalling.

  25. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I liked Cosmology as I wanted to know about my role, if any, in the Cosmos.

  26. Recalling.

  27. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): And Metaphysics too, as I was concerned not only with the nature of things that exist, but also the nature of things that might not.


  29. A. Housing Dept, 1974 -1980, Peter (20-25) works as a Housing Assistant.

  30. B. Lands Dept, 1980 -1981, Peter (26) works as a Land Executive.

  31. C. Law School, HKU, 1981-1985, Peter (27-31) studies as a Government Legal Scholar.

  32. D. Attorney General's Chambers, 1985-1991, Peter (31-37) works from the rank of Assistant Crown Counsel to Senior Crown Counsel.


  34. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): During my career developments, I tried to be human-centric by delivering more public value.

  35. Pausing.

  36. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): But when I stared at the night sky, I couldn't ignore the fact that I'm a part of this larger, interconnected system.

  37. A Facebook feed has caught Peter's attention.

  38. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Oh, that rich man will turn 101 this year. It's a great privilege.

  39. Thinking.

  40. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Carl Sagan, who narrated the Pale Blue Dot video clip, died at the age of 62.

  41. Thinking.

  42. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): And here I'm, still alive and well, at the age of 70.

  43. Pausing.

  44. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Unlike my younger days, I don't feel lost now, but I'm still questioning my place in the cosmos.

  45. Thinking.

  46. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Being an instance of intelligent beings on Earth, I'm truly being humbled by the infinite.

  47. Contemplating.

  48. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Yet, it seems that all humans are empowered to make a difference on Earth.

  49. Copying the video clip link, Peter sends it to the chat group.

  50. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I hope the clip would help viewers see the world, and their own lives in a really new and humbling light.

  51. Act 3

  52. INT. LIVING ROOM - 20:45

  53. Peter inserts an AI drawing entitled "Humbled By The Infinite ..." to a draft.

  54. PETER (V.O): My background was such that I had to struggle with life's challenges even when I was very young.

  55. Thinking.

  56. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Learning the cosmic scale of the universe helped me realize that my personal problems were really small in the grand scheme of things.

  57. Reflecting.

  58. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): In the vastness of space and time, I'm no more than a floating dust particle in the pale blue dot.

  59. FADE OUT

  60. THE END

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