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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


  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.


  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


  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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