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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Innate Harmony

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 10:00

  4. Looking out of the window, Peter sees the cloudy day.

  5. PETER (V.O.): In any event, I'll swim at Golden Beach.

  6. Peter checks the Quora App.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Meanwhile, let me offer some help to my Quora fans.

  8. We see on screen an answer request: What's it worth to be "late" on the time scale of the universe?

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Earlier, I shared my thoughts on cosmology and humankind. I'd be delighted to elaborate.

  10. We see on screen another answer request: Oscar Wilde was thought to be fascinating company. What are your thoughts on this person?

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Earlier, I interpreted a poetic simile by Oscar Wilde. But he was born in 1854 and I was born in 1954. Anyway.

  12. Peter types and posts his answers.

  13. Act 2

  14. EXT. GOLDEN BEACH - 13:00

  15. Seeing sunny intervals and the calm sea, Peter smiles.

  16. PETER (V.O.): On my way here, it was mainly cloudy with a few showers.

  17. Towing a cyber green safety buoy, Peter begins to swim towards the outer limit of the swimming area.

  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The beach water quality is superb. About 75% of Earth is covered with water.

  19. Swimming.

  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): About 97.5% of the water on Earth are salt water. And I'm enjoying it right now.

  21. Swimming.

  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Earth got its water from icy asteroids and comets crashing into it.

  23. Peter looks up at the sky.

  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It so happened that Earth's orbit is within the Sun's Goldilocks Zone. And life may thrive.

  25. Peter sees a little sunshine.

  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm swimming in the sea. There's a sea of space in the sky.

  27. Peter reaches an outer limit corner with three orange buoys tied together.

  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The nearest planet having Earth-like conditions is about 500 light-years from Earth.

  29. Peter swims towards the other outer-limit corner.

  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Regarding the Quora answer request on our presence in the time scale of the universe, I've used the cosmic calendar analogy to bring out my point.

  31. Swimming.

  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The cosmic calendar compressed the history of the Universe into a single year.

  33. Swimming.

  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If the Universe began on Jan 1, the Milky Way was formed in May.

  35. Swimming.

  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The other planetary systems are formed in June, July and August.

  37. Swimming.

  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The Sun and the Earth are formed in Mid-Sept. Life arose soon after.

  39. Swimming.

  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Humans appear on the cosmic calendar so recently that our recorded history occupies only the last few seconds of the last minute of Dec 31.

  41. Swimming.

  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We're now living and evolving on the last day at 23:59:59 of the cosmic calendar.

  43. Peter arrives at the other corner.

  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As to my remarks on Oscar Wilde, a 100 years apart is a bit more than 0.2 seconds ahead in the cosmic calendar. I can catch up.

  45. Peter begins to swim closer to the shore.

  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): On average, a single human lifetime would last about 0.2 seconds, as a day on the cosmic calendar is 38 million years.

  47. Swimming.

  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): How small humans are over time and space!

  49. Swimming.

  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Isn't it stupid if humans think they're the centre of the universe?

  51. Act 3

  52. INT. STUDY - 22:30

  53. The TV is showing a program on Black Hole.

  54. PETER (V.O.) : From the cosmic perspective, every being is precious. No life should be wasted.

  55. Pausing.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I speculate that the human form is a microcosm of the universe.

  57. Pausing.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's a fact that the Universe is vast and I'm insignificant. But I feel the innate harmony in us.

  59. Having taken a look out of the window, Peter continues to watch the TV program.

  60. THE END

  61. FADE OUT

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