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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Small Challenges

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. SITTING ROOM - 20:00


  4. Returning, PETER checks the Quora App.


  5. PETER (V.O.): Ha! I've got a small challenge.


  6. We see on screen: What is a small challenge you're hoping to achieve in 2022? I've set a goal of reading 52 books this year, to spend less time on my phone and more reading.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Since I joined Quora in July 2019, I've responded to over 6.3k questions. This is the first time I've got such an answer request.


  8. Thinking.


  9. PETER (V.O.): Quorans from all walks of life and of all ages pose all sorts of questions to me.


  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In considering whether to reply or what to reply, I know what I don't know or what I'd learn in structuring my reply.


  12. Pausing.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Everyday, I spend a lot of screen time on them.


  14. Act 2


  15. FLASHBACK


  16. INT. PETER'S NT HOME - DAY (Last Week)


  17. Sitting next to bookshelves, Peter stares at book titles from Philosophy to Law.


  18. PETER (V.O.): Having got a book list from London U in 1976, I began collecting whatever Philosophy titles I could get hold of.


  19. Pausing.


  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I finished reading a few. For the rest, I only read parts.


  21. Pausing.


  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): One excuse was that having mastered the fundamentals, I wanted to develop my own system of thoughts.


  23. Pausing.


  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): After 5 years of self-study, I got my BA in Philosophy (Hons) (Lond) 1981.


  25. Pausing.


  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): By then, I was on full-pay study leave, reading my 1st year in Law at HKU.


  27. Pausing.


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I bought lots of Law books so that I didn't have to compete for library facilities.


  29. Pausing.


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Having passed all exams, I got my LLB (Hons) 1984 and PCLL 1985.


  31. Pausing.


  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Working full-time as Assistant Crown Counsel and reading an LLM (Lond) as an external student, I bought books on International Law.


  33. Pausing.


  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I got full-pay study leave again to read my second LLM at UCL, I bought some more books on Sea, Air & Space Law.


  35. Peter stares at the books.


  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Except for sentimental value, I won't re-read them as the particulars of the law stated were dated.


  37. Pausing.


  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Philosophy books aren't much different, I want to know newer perspectives or even higher levels of explanations.


  39. Pausing.


  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Anyhow, the contents of books are already dated even before their publication.


  41. Pausing.


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Books are just like caskets containing something without souls.


  43. RETURN TO PRESENT


  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I read literature for the sake of exams. I don't like fictional stuff as I want to face reality as it is, and not as someone wishes it to be.


  45. Pausing.


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I now learn online. I can access to near real-time information, eg stock price quotes.

  47. Pausing.


  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If I was to read 52 books in 2022, I could finish reading one in a week but would just flip through the remaining 51 just before the deadline!


  49. Peter smiles.


  50. Act 3


  51. INT. SITTING ROOM - C0NTINOUS


  52. PETER (V.O.): Responding to Quora answer requests, I continue to train my intellectual skills actively.


  53. Pausing.

  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As humans are gifted with rationality and life continues to teach us, it's my choice to learn as if I were to live forever.


  55. Pausing.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've been digesting 1 page of insight in "The Daily Drucker" per day. I try to make something out of something on better governance.


  57. Pausing.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And I've been writing and publishing one short screenplay per day, although I haven't published any works in a book form.


  59. Pausing.


  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): So they constitute my small challenges - each day.


  61. Peter types his answer on screen.


  62. FADE OUT


  63. THE END

































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