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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

My Destiny

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  4. PETER wakes up.

  5. PETER (V.O.): I dreamt of a woman asking my thoughts on destiny.

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yesterday, I was responding to a Quoran's answer request on the issue of destiny.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Was it determined by antecedent cause that I had to dream about destiny?

  10. Pausing.

  11. SOMEONE: Or was it due to my own freewill that I want to dream about it? The substance between my dream and reality is the same.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Determinism and indeterminism can't coexist. The issue has been with me since I was young.

  14. Act 2


  16. Peter sees a phone notification.

  17. PETER (V.O.): "What's the narcissistic trail of destruction?" That's another answer request.

  18. Researching.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Narcissistic personality is a mental disorder. It involves a pattern of dysfunctional attitudes and behaviours such as self-centred, arrogant thinking, excessive need of admiration, but no empathy for others.

  20. Reading.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Narcissism isn't self-love at all. Self-love is being content with what one is. Being oneself is to compare with one's past and not with others. Self-love isn't thinking about better than anyone else.

  22. Recalling.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've experienced narcissistic personality traits in schools, in workplace and in society.

  24. Pausing.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): There's no point to argue with them as they won't change their stance. What I could do was to distance myself from them.

  26. Recalling.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's also easy to see and hear from the media that certain people seem to expect constant admiration, behaving as if they're always better than everyone else.

  28. Recalling.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've actually watched a documentary about a former female student leader in the June 4th Incident saying that she was different from others.

  30. Pausing.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Her obedient admirers might die in any violent confrontations but not her. She has the sense of entitlement.

  32. Reading.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They live in a fantasy world that supports their delusions. They frequently demeans, intimidates and bullies others without guilt or shame.

  34. Pausing.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): What causes narcissism then?

  36. Reading.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The mental disorder may be linked to (1) the environment eg excessive adoration/criticism; (2) genetics ie inherited characteristics and (3) neurobiology eg the brain's impact on behaviour.

  38. Pausing.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Parents in Hong Kong, China, tend to indulge their children. As to genetics, I have come across a father and a son having the same narcissistic traits. As to neurobiology...

  40. Pausing.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It seems that some people are destined to suffer from the narcissistic mental disorder. They don't have any free will at all.

  42. Reading.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Here're some facts. Narcissism is more common among adults aged 20-29. And around 6.2 % of people have narcissism once in their lives.

  44. Thinking.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): So, nearly half a million of the people in Hong Kong, China might be suffering from narcissistic personality disorder.

  46. Peter's eyes are wide open.

  47. Act 3


  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Some people may believe in fatalism ie everything that's happening in the future has been pre-planned and there's no way to alter the course of events.

  50. Pausing.

  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I still believe in my free will though. I've proven that I've the ability to determine my destiny.

  52. Pausing.

  53. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Perhaps, a better way of looking at fate is that: the potential opportunities are all there; and whether one would do something with them rests in one's free will.

  54. Reading.

  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While narcissism often begins in one's teens or early adulthood, it doesn't necessarily mean that one goes on to develop the narcissistic personality disorder.

  56. Pausing.

  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But those suffering from it might not think that they've the narcissistic personality disorder and that they need medicine or psychotherapy.

  58. Thinking.

  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Do people pay attention to their lives? If the results of their behaviour aren't in their favour, do they ever attempt to change themselves?

  60. Pausing.

  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The problem is that they may not have the capacity to do so due to antecedent causes.

  62. Pausing.

  63. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And if they can't do it voluntarily, society would have to provide the correctional services to rehabilitate them.


  65. Peter lies in bed, listening to music.

  66. PETER (V.O.): My destiny is to become the best version of me.

  67. Peter sleeps.

  68. FADE OUT.

  69. THE END

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