Are We Slaves?

While drafting my next blog entry, I was trying to think of a bigger and more meaningful topic than about a prehistoric dungeon, a shed exists in the 4th dimension, Hello Kitty or a bed above a toilet seat. But soon I realize that the whole thing are all related to the bigger part of us. No escape.

Then Apple Daily confirmed it all: we are slaves, and we are so proud of it. Look at their A1 these days: “罪犯欺君”, “厚顏面聖”… … what kind of position is that??

After all, are we upset only because now we finally find out that this “leader of slaves” are not smart enough? Perhaps people in Hong Kong in fact don’t really mind (and care) if Mr Leung or any other CE/politician is a decent man/woman or not. Or let me put it this way, if we have to choose between smartness and decency, we “mission-oriented” Hongkonger would pick the “ability to execute” above anything else. Ethical soul can’t feed our tummies. To me, “white lie” is still a lie, but to some people, perhaps even “grey lie” is still counting as social skill, and we should not “小事化大” (as if lying is such a minor part of the total picture).

Well, the worst part is, I even feel that this is all part of the calculation. I mean, seriously, what if he is smart enough not to care at all, as he knew it won’t make any difference what so ever, since all 7 millions of us are all spectators of the show anyway? Why care?

I have to admit that it is one of the reason why I prefer to stay here in the cold (really, last night it was 1 degree C at 3am) instead, as I still feel warmer on this side of the world.

畫出彩虹

“It takes both Rain and Sunshine to make a Rainbow.”

這美麗的道理有兩面:(1)昨天午後的香港上空(或正確點說我看到的只是香港朋友們的 Facebook pages …)全被那雙環彩虹擁抱著。大家這樣雀躍,或多或少也反映出於彩虹出現那瞬間前的社會「被雨天」了太久,納悶的空氣壓到大家抖不過氣來;而這雙環彩虹的出現就正是這困局的一道曙光,將埋在大家心中的正能量一下子全釋放出來了。(2)而如大家記著這道理,下次雨天再來時便可對彩虹的來臨有所期待。天天放晴的日子其實最終只會帶來沙漠而不是彩虹。

多得現今的科技的進步:要讓人人都可以即時抓住那影像不難,可以即時與人分享也不是新鮮事,但厲害的是大家可以即時反應和互動,使不同時間空間的人(如我)也可參與其中。

這標誌著大家的生活以至對這世界的認知也多麼受到 Facebook 社群的影響。大家無時無刻都在「監視」著 Facebook,以它來了解周遭的一舉一動,甚至代替了原載的新聞頻道。例如,此時此刻在南半球十點五十五分,外邊攝氏四度。我和內子坐在被窩裡每人一部 iPad 在看 Facebook 上朋友們轉載的新聞話題,心情上卻當自己有份在那夏日黃昏的香港在看(甚至有份拍)那些彩虹。

有趣地,過了一會,大家不再上載彩虹照。反正也太多了。而且近日落時未拍的也再沒機會去拍。所以後來再傳的都是轉載別人早前上載的照片。開始有人說在別人傳的相集中找到自己拍的但被盜去的相,也有人開始二次創作將不同人拍不同地方的彩虹照整合為一。我看罷不禁問自己:Facebook 的 Timeline 上究竟哪幅相才真正是自己的回憶?哪些是「二手回憶」?或全是集體回憶,不分你我?甚至如果有天沒有了 Facebook Timeline,我的「回憶」又會否隨之而灰飛煙滅?

似乎想多了?回看這彩虹:我為全香港都可看到這道曙光而高興,但卻自覺在這裡見到彩虹並不是一件難事。可能不是這裡的彩虹出現得更頻繁,而只是這裡天色特別清,地平線特別遼闊,故此我能較易發現到彩虹罷?而且,在這裡簡單如每天都看到的日落(如下圖,全是普通 iPhone 拍的相,沒有用 filter)也如此驚艷,我就會覺得其實大自然之美一直都存在,關鍵只是我們的心夠不夠胸襟去迎接她。

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