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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Intelligent or Smart

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - AFTERNOON

  4. PETER has just finished a Zoom meeting.


  5. PETER (V.O.): I feel good to have engaged intelligent people.


  6. Pausing.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In most of my engagement, I'm surrounded with intelligent or smart people.


  8. Recalling.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The other day, a Quoran asked me what field would society benefit by having its most intelligent people go into.

  10. Recalling.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My answer was drug innovation. The pandemic reminds the world of its significance.


  12. Pausing.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Not knowing anything about Biology and Chemistry etc, this is something that I can't do.


  14. Act 2


  15. FLASHBACK


  16. INT. COUNCIL CHAMBERS, HKUST - YESTERDAY


  17. PARTICIPANTS engage. Peter remarks occasionally.


  18. PETER (V.O.): It's a privilege that I could contribute on university governance.


  19. Peter observes some of the participants.


  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They're chair professors of science and technology. Some are leading experts in their fields.


  21. Pausing.


  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've only begun to learn science and technology when they've become media contents. It's interesting to learn.


  23. Pausing.


  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In my secondary school days, science were just texts, formulas or charts.


  25. Recalling.


  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Apart from Maths, I failed in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. I went to the Arts group.


  27. Recalling.


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The intelligent ones would pass and they all chose the Science group.


  29. Recalling.


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Accepting I wasn't born with intelligence, there's nothing I could do to change that.


  31. Recalling.


  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For extracurricular activities, I participated in speech competitions and debates.


  33. Recalling.


  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I also joined my college's singing contests and didn't have any stage fright.


  35. Pausing.


  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Since I took up Philosophy and Law, I've argued a lot with myself to examine life, and with others to make a living.


  37. Pausing.


  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If I don't know the answers to questions or arguments, I know where to find them.


  39. Pausing.


  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And then when I became a directorate officer, I needed to manage and lead. And so, I had to learn and practise other disciplines.


  41. Pausing.


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Enlightened that everything is learnable, it motivates me to learn as much as I can all the time.


  43. Pausing.


  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My goal has been to capture, create and deliver value. That's how I see my role as one of the meeting participants.


  45. RETURN TO PRESENT


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Can a non-intelligent person be smart?


  47. Peter researches with his smart phone.


  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): There's the observation that the more intelligent one is, the more selective one becomes. Intelligent people tend to have less friends.


  49. Reading.


  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Is happiness in intelligent people a rare phenomenon?


  51. Reflecting.


  52. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm just a dump happy man!


  53. Peter giggles, with his smart phone in hand.


  54. Act 3


  55. INT. STUDY - CONTINUOUS


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I share everything I know eg over 7 million Quorans have viewed my stuff. And each day, I'd learn and share something new.


  57. Thinking.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I am involved in hiring people, I hope to hire intelligent ones who are smarter than me.


  59. Pausing.


  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd):While some may meet my expectations, none of them would exceed my expectations.


  61. Thinking.


  62. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I reckon now that neither intelligence nor smartness is at issue. There's no way that people junior to me in age can be wiser than me!


  63. FADE OUT.


  64. THE END



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