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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Unscientific Truths

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  4. Phone in hand, PETER is checking new notifications.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Here's an answer request from a Quoran: Why do some people in their 60s not seem to struggle a lot?

  6. Pausing

  7. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): It's her general observation or belief.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): How true is that? Is there sufficient evidence to back it up?

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): A friend of mine did say to me that he's still struggling.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Am I one of her verifying or falsifying instances?

  14. Act 2


  16. Phone in hand, Peter ponders.

  17. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In a dog-eat-dog world, one gets nothing for nothing. Isn't life a struggle?

  18. Thinking.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If I didn't resist and overcome life obstacles, I wouldn't be able to achieve what I wanted.

  20. Pausing.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As I've been rewarded from my struggle before the age of 60, I don't have to struggle a lot in my 60s. I see struggling primarily as a means.

  22. Pausing.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But have I addicted to struggling, having done that for decades?

  24. Thinking.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Do I get joy in struggling itself, treating life as a struggle?

  26. Thinking.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): What do people in their 60s think about life?

  28. Thinking.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For me, I'm here to procreate and deliver value. As to the biological objective, I've already done my job.

  30. Bumping into a website, Peter reads an article.

  31. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): On the mental front, an author suggests that people should reprogram their life attitude to have a more carefree existence.

  32. Reading.

  33. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): She takes the view that people who are mentally relax can be super achievers.

  34. Reading.

  35. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): She draws an analogy that struggling is like blowing at the sails of one's boat to get across the lake, just to find later that a natural gust of wind will take one there.

  36. Reflecting.

  37. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): But my experience is that struggling is required so that people can survive in life. Embracing struggles would also make people feel stronger.

  38. Pausing.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If I just follow the natural rhythms of the circumstances around me, I won't be able to uplift myself, optimizing my potential and qualities.

  40. Recalling.

  41. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I can't recall when was the last time something good happened to me by chance.

  42. Thinking.

  43. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): While a general belief can be verified by instances, there're falsifying ones.

  44. Pausing.

  45. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Such general beliefs are unscientific truths.

  46. Pausing.

  47. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): They're merely propositions that state nothing beyond what are implied by any of their terms.

  48. Act 3


  50. Reflecting.

  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As my life hasn't come to an end yet, I still have to struggle to create, capture and deliver value for me and others.

  52. Thinking.

  53. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Do I have to be that serious?

  54. Reflecting.

  55. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): If I enjoy taking life seriously, where's the harm?

  56. Pausing.

  57. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): After all, I've only one life and its mine.

  58. Peter types his answer on the phone.

  59. FADE OUT.

  60. THE END

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