寧化飛灰,不作浮塵

And what of that truth which more than anything else gives me confidence in Hong Kong? The truth is this. The qualities, the beliefs, the ideals that have made Hong Kong’s present will still be here to shape Hong Kong’s future.

Hong Kong, it seems to me, has always lived by the author, Jack London’s credo:

“I would rather be ashes than dust,
I would rather my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze,
Than it should be stifled in dry rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor,
With every atom of me in magnificent glow,
Than a sleepy and permanent planet.”

Whatever the challenges ahead, nothing should bring this meteor crashing to earth, nothing should snuff out its glow. I hope that Hong Kong will take tomorrow by storm. And when it does, History will stand and cheer.

最能使我對香港信心十足的事實又是甚麼呢?那便是港人的優良特質、信念和理想,不僅為-香港奠下了今天的基業,而且必會繼續為香港開創美好明天。

在我看來,香港一直在生活中實踐作家傑克˙倫敦的信條:

「寧化飛灰,不作浮塵。
寧投熊熊烈火,光盡而滅;
不伴寂寂朽木,默然同腐。
寧為耀目流星,迸發萬丈光芒;
不羨永恒星體,悠悠沉睡終古。」

前路不管有何挑戰,都不會,我重複,都不會使這顆流星飛墜,光華從此消逝。我深願香港-能奮然而起,征服未來,那時候,歷史也必為之動容,起立喝采。

— Christopher Francis Patten

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2019.10.13 Sunday ACHK

The Hong Kong Way

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The Hong Kong Way (Chinese: 香港之路) was a peaceful political campaign held in Hong Kong on the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way. Organisers estimated that 210,000 people participated, to draw attention to the 2019 anti-extradition bill movement and the five demands for government accountability and expanded democratic freedoms. In the early night time hours on 23 August 2019, Hongkongers joined hands to create a human chain 50 kilometres long, stretching across both sides of Hong Kong harbour and over the top of Lion Rock.

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The action was inspired by the Baltic Way demonstration of 1989, which involved 2 million people, and contributed to the collapse of Soviet Russian control of the region. The Hong Kong Way event assembled participants along routes that corresponded to the three main MTR lines, forming a chain of people that stretched nearly 50 kilometres through Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories, and without any disruptions to traffic.

— Wikipedia on Hong Kong Way

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2019.08.28 Wednesday ACHK

宇宙大戰 1.2

PhD, 2.4 | 故事連線 1.1.6 | 碩士 3.4

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(問:我也遇過類似的情境。

我和一位好朋友合作做小組習作時,雖然未至於反目,但總會有很多爭拗。和他合作前,明明和他感情要好。各自有什麼困難時,對方總會杖義相助。

為什麼人類會,那麼奇怪呢?)

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簡單地說,即使是同一個人,其實也有不同方面,各樣性格。

做朋友時,你只需要接受小部分—你可以選擇,只接受他,最好的優點。但是,做工作伙伴時,你卻要接收大部分—你未必可以選擇,不接受他,最壞的缺點。

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(問:那樣,如果要「複雜地說」呢?)

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複雜地說,每個個體也透過自己,在這宇宙間的經歷,形成一個「主觀宇宙」,簡稱「世界觀」。

大部分人,也不自覺地,以為他的主觀宇宙,就是客觀宇宙的全部。這個不幸,源於每個人的主觀宇宙,是他唯一能夠觀察到的「客觀宇宙部分」;每個人當時的主觀宇宙,是他當時唯一能夠,觀察到的「客觀宇宙部分」。

只有一些「被選擇的心靈」,簡稱「半神人」,才會想像到,他的主觀世界,只是客觀世界的極小部分。所以,如果兩個人也不是「半神人」,而又要在工作上合作的話,其實就相當於,把兩個(主觀)宇宙的大部分,重疊在一起。

每個宇宙原本,都有各自的運行法則;貿然要求兩個宇宙,互相干涉對方內政,自然會十分危險。

六千五百萬年前,單單是一個小行星與地球相撞,就足以令大部分恐龍滅絕。試想想,兩個宇宙相撞,殺傷力會大多少倍。

— Me@2019-01-01 11:20:57 PM

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2019.01.01 Tuesday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

宇宙大戰 1.1

PhD, 2.3 | 故事連線 1.1.5 | 碩士 3.3

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(問:你好似講到,人類那麼危險?)

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因為事實上,人類的確是,那麼危險。

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剛才所講,有關選擇碩士或博士論文導師,所需的技巧,背後的精神,其實是通用的—同時適用於你將來選擇公司、上司、生意合作伙伴、配偶,等等。

選擇錯誤,同樣是有改變一生的後果。

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(問:人類真的那麼危險嗎?)

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你一日未試過,同一個人有工作關係,或者錢銀來往,你也不會知道,他的真面目。

時常會聽到一類故事:

甲和乙是幾十年的要好朋友。他們決定合作創業。不料,一同工作不出幾個月,就反目收場。

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(問:我也遇過類似的情境。

我和一位好朋友合作做小組習作時,雖然未至於反目,但總會有很多爭拗。和他合作前,明明和他感情要好。各自有什麼困難時,對方總會杖義相助。

為什麼人類會,那麼奇怪呢?)

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簡單地說,即使是同一個人,其實也有不同方面,各樣性格。

做朋友時,你只需要接受小部分—你可以選擇,只接受他,最好的優點。但是,做工作伙伴時,你卻要接收大部分—你未必可以選擇,不接受他,最壞的缺點。

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(問:那樣,如果要「複雜地說」呢?)

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— Me@2018-12-20 11:06:49 PM

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2018.12.20 Thursday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

PhD, 2.2

故事連線 1.1.4 | 碩士 3.2

這段改編自 2010 年 4 月 18 日的對話。

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有很多人的「個人形象」和「公眾形象」,都是差天共地的。

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(問:即是表裡不一?)

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有時,甚至是「表裡相反」。

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(問:那應該怎麼辦?

除了在本科生年代,修讀心目中候選導師的課以外,還可以有什麼「測試」?)

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可以試試找他,做你的本科畢業論文的導師。但是,這個風險仍然太大。我不太建議。

風險較小的方法有,詢問一下,他現時的研究生。他們最知道,該教授的真正面目,究竟是真材實學,還是欺世盜名。

還有,即使他真材實學,也不代表他肯花時間,用心教導研究生。他會不會那樣做,只有他以前或現時的研究生,才會知道。

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(問:你好似講到,人類那麼危險?)

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因為事實上,人類的確是,那麼危險。

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剛才所講,有關選擇碩士或博士論文導師,所需的技巧,背後的精神,其實是通用的—同時適用於你將來選擇公司、上司、生意合作伙伴、配偶,等等。

選擇錯誤,同樣是有改變一生的後果。

— Me@2018-12-13 10:33:47 PM

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2018.12.14 Friday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

A pretty girl, 2

Women are directly fitted for acting as the nurses and teachers of our early childhood by the fact that they are themselves childish, frivolous and short-sighted; in a word, they are big children all their life long–a kind of intermediate stage between the child and the full-grown man, who is man in the strict sense of the word. See how a girl will fondle a child for days together, dance with it and sing to it; and then think what a man, with the best will in the world, could do if he were put in her place.

— Of Women

— Arthur Schopenhauer

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When the elderly Schopenhauer sat for a sculpture portrait by the Prussian sculptor Elisabet Ney in 1859, he was much impressed by the young woman’s wit and independence, as well as by her skill as a visual artist. After his time with Ney, he told Richard Wagner’s friend Malwida von Meysenbug, “I have not yet spoken my last word about women. I believe that if a woman succeeds in withdrawing from the mass, or rather raising herself above the mass, she grows ceaselessly and more than a man.

— Wikipedia on Arthur Schopenhauer

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Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist — a master — and that is what Auguste Rodin was — can look at an old woman, portray her exactly as she is… and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be…. and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo, or even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old and ugly at all, but simply prisoned inside her ruined body. He can make you feel the quiet, endless tragedy that there was never a girl born who ever grew older than eighteen in her heart…. no matter what the merciless hours have done to her. Look at her, Ben. Growing old doesn’t matter to you and me; we were never meant to be admired — but it does to them. Look at her! (UC)

— Robert A. Heinlein

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2018.10.27 Saturday ACHK

Dog 3

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“But there are homeless dogs everywhere,” the old man replied. “So your efforts don’t really make a difference.”

The little boy looked at the dog and stroked him. “But for this little dog, it makes all the difference in the world.”

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2018.03.16 Friday ACHK

Charlie Brown

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Charlie Brown: I thought being in love was supposed to make you happy…

Peppermint Patty: Where’d you get that idea?

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2018.03.02 Friday ACHK

天空堤壩 5

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友情方面,你可以選擇,只要對方的優點;
愛情方面,你不可以選擇,不要對方的缺點。

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友情方面,你可以選擇,只要對方最好的優點;
愛情方面,你不可以選擇,不要對方最差的缺點。

— Me@2010.06.01

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2010.06.03 Thursday (c) ACHK

Passion Test

The Top Idea in Your Mind, 6 | 事業愛情觀 6

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To check whether a project is your true love, ask yourself:

Am I willing to spend INFINITE time on it?

— Me@2015-07-05 04:26:24 PM

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Do you want it to be one of your lifelong projects?

Are you willing to follow it up for your whole life?

— Me@2015-07-12 11:00:11 AM

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2015.07.12 Sunday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK