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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Unfinished Thoughts

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  4. Phone in hand, PETER is reading something.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Here's a Quoran who has got fed up with information overflow about who to believe.

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): She just appeals to authority but wouldn't know which authority is really authentic.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): She's so critical of the world around her, but she isn't critical in her thinking.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): What inhibits people from thinking? Could it be mere laziness?

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Or is thinking hard? Or they don't know how to do it?

  14. Pausing.

  15. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I think all the time. It seems that I have many unfinished thoughts too.

  16. Act 2


  18. EXT. ROAD - DAY (1964)

  19. Peter (10) is chatting with a group of BOYS in school uniform. Hearing and seeing a helicopter in a distance, BOY#1 begins to speak to the others with emotion.

  20. BOY#1: I've heard that the helicopter is on a surveillance mission.

  21. All boys look curious.

  22. BOYS: What?

  23. BOY#1. They want to kidnap young boys like us as sacrificial lambs for the future of Hong Kong!

  24. BOYS : Is that right?

  25. BOY#1. I've heard that some have been kidnapped already.

  26. As they look shocked, the helicopter flies near. The boys including Peter pose their bare hands as though they're guns, aiming at the helicopter. We hear their imitated machine gunshot sounds as the helicopter flies away.


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I believe in him as he's oldest among us. We all pose our confidence in him.

  29. Pausing.

  30. PETER (V.O.)(Coint'd): My Dad and my Mom were primary school classmates. World War II delayed their education and they got married soon after graduation.

  31. Pausing.

  32. PETER (V.O.)(Coint'd): Although my Dad was a newspaper photographer in the 1950s and processed black and white photos all by himself, his piece of advice to me as a teenager was strange.



  35. Peter's Dad (34) sees Peter (12) reading a book.

  36. PETER'S DAD: Don't exercise your mind that much. Thinking is hard.

  37. PETER (V.O.): Although that's your experience, I can judge that that can't be right.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My Dad made such comments on more than one occasion. That in a way has reinforced my will to think critically.

  40. Pausing.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've trained myself to question assumptions, evaluate contexts, appraise evidence before reaching my conclusions.

  42. Pausing.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My study of philosophy since 1974 has helped me a lot to understand the logical theories, how to raise the level of my explanation through the dialectical method.

  44. Pausing.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I also believe that the strength of any argument isn't on the volumes of verifiable positive instances, but in its not being falsified by a single negative instance.

  46. Pausing.

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My lawyering practice, when compared to my philosophical investigation, is of a lower level though, philosophically speaking.

  48. Act 3

  49. INT. STUDY - DAY

  50. Peter looks out of the window.

  51. PETER (V.O.): I demonstrate expertise in my field of excellence.

  52. Pausing.

  53. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I would never judge based on information provided without my own thinking over the matters.

  54. Pausing.

  55. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I've tried to discipline my mind to think as balanced as I can, seeing the good and bad in every situation and wouldn't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

  56. Pausing.

  57. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I practise life-long learning and stimulate myself intellectually. I explore and learn something new each day.

  58. Pausing.

  59. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I take my integrity is a core value and am focusing and engaging in achieving my full potential as a human being.

  60. Reflecting.

  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'): We generate problems by our thinking. If we fix our thinking, we don't need to fix the problems as they've already fixed themselves.

  62. Pausing.

  63. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I create my thinking moments and won't wait for them or even ignore them.

  64. Pausing.

  65. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Although I've many unfinished thoughts, I enjoy such peak experience.

  66. Pausing.

  67. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Let me transfer some.

  68. Peter types on his phone.

  69. FADE OUT.

  70. THE END

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