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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Sight & Vision

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. BEDROOM - 08:30

  4. Waking up, PETER rubs his eyes, but stops abruptly.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Rubbing might damage my eyes. I only discovered that yesterday.

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Among our senses, sight is most appealing.

  8. Exercising his eyes, Peter rotates them 360 degrees in clockwise direction and then in anti-clockwise direction.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I first had spots in my vision, I wanted to retire early.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Soon, I learned to ignore my eye floaters.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Anyhow, I wouldn't lose sight of what I can't see.

  14. Act 2

  15. INT. STUDY - 13:00

  16. From the internet radio, we hear: Astronomers have unveiled the first image of the Black Hole at the center of the Milky Way.

  17. PETER (V.O.): Another human breakthrough!

  18. We continue to hear: It is some 26,000 light years away and is 4 million times more massive than the Sun.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): So far and so big.

  20. Recalling.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Decades ago, having studied the Philosophy of Cosmology, I wondered if my vision should only be earthy-based.

  22. Recalling.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Then, one night when I gazed at the stars, I realized that

  24. I couldn't, as I would be debasing my one life.

  25. Pausing.

  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): From the cosmic perspective, every person is precious. One couldn't find another Peter Cheung in this and other galaxies.

  27. Having unpacked a micro star globe toy, Peter has it plugged in.

  28. PETER (V.O.): I discovered the model at my NT home yesterday afternoon.

  29. Recalling.

  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My wife is fond of stars. We had great star gazing experience while touring Indonesia and Vietnam.

  31. Recalling.

  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I was touring solo in Inner Mongolia, I realized star gazing in the dessert was another great experience.

  33. Pausing.

  34. PETER (V.O.): Where's the Black Hole?

  35. Peter surfs the web to check.

  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Look at the direction of Sagittarius, the constellation. The Black Hole is holding the constellation at the centre of the Milking Way Galaxy.

  37. Reading.

  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The idea of a body so massive that even light could not escape was proposed by John Mitchell, an Englishman, in 1784.

  39. Reading.

  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The idea was abandoned by Newtonians, hated by Einstein, but gambled on by Hawking.

  41. Reading.

  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Hawking hypothesized that things can get out of a Black Hole both on the outside and possibly to another universe.

  43. The TV is showing a program: "How the Universe works?"

  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've never tired of understanding the cosmic design from the astronomical perspective.

  45. Thinking.

  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): One motto I love is: Aim for the Moon, and if you miss, you'll still be among the stars.

  47. Pausing.

  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But stars also die and collapse under their own gravity.

  49. Pausing.

  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Is there cosmic consciousness? Is there really a way out of the Black Hole?

  51. Act 3

  52. INT. BEDROOM - 23:00

  53. Peter is checking his Google Photos images.

  54. PETER (V.O.): Everything has beauty. It's fortunate that humans can see image of the Black Hole for the first time. Seeing is believing.

  55. Thinking.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd: While the universe is vast, we're intellectually significant.

  57. Pausing.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Humans should have both sight and vision.

  59. Reflecting.

  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Eyes are the jewels of the body and the mirror to the mind. We're the universe's microcosm.

  61. Attempting to reach his tired eyes, Peter stops abruptly.

  62. THE END

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