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當Hit Rate成了核心價值

「也許在手機看新聞的,多抱著看娛樂的心態,專注時間短暫,長文章多不受歡迎。據分析,動新聞短片也不能超過3分鐘,因為看的人專注力多是1分半鐘至2分半鐘。當一段近千字的新聞,濃縮成2分30秒的段片,還要吸眼球,這能帶出甚麼信息?不就是,一個搶的標題,一句背景,一段情節,一句sound bite,一句評論。情節最好juicy與性有關,或是踢爆的醜聞;要麼就走可愛路線,寵物或小孩都大受歡迎;而講sound bite的,最好是689,定必大;不是689,也要名人;不是名人,也要靚女;不靚女,也要夠『港女』。近來hit rate上百萬的,不就是『14巴港女』『大霧山自由女神』嗎? 誰去管新聞價值?」

-〈當Hit Rate成了核心價值〉。《Breakazine! 044, 速食新聞:如何對抗被餵飼的命運》。

Faith

‘Your unwavering faith constantly astounds me.’

– Andrew Chambliss & Kalinda Vazquez (Writer). S03E20. Kansas. [Television series episode]. In Once Upon a Time.

Pity

‘Pity us, O Lord, for we are pilgrims on the road to Compostela, and our being here may be a vice. In your infinite pity, help us never to turn our knowledge against ourselves.

Have pity on those who pity themselves and who see themselves as good people treated unfairly by life – who feel that they do not deserve what has befallen them. Such people will never be able to fight the good fight. And pity those who are cruel to themselves and who see only the evil in their own actions, feeling that they are to blame for the injustice in the world. Because neither of these kinds of people know thy law that says, “But the very hairs of your head are numbered.”

Have pity on those who command and those who serve during long hours of work, and who sacrifice  themselves in exchange of merely for a Sunday off, only to find that there is nowhere to go, and everything is closed. But also have pity on those who sanctify their efforts, and who are able to go beyond the bounds of their own madness, winding up indebted, or nailed to the cross by their very brothers. Because neither of these kinds of people know thy law that says, “Be ye therefore as wise as the serpents and as harmless as the doves.”

Have pity on those who may conquer the world but never join the good fight within themselves. But pity also those who have won the good fight within themselves, and now find themselves in the streets and the bars of life because they were unable to conquer the world. Because neither of these kinds of people know thy law that says, “He who heeds my worlds I will liken to a wise man who built his house on rock.”

Have pity on those who are fearful of taking up a pen, or a paintbrush, or an instrument, or a tool because they are afraid that someone has already done so better than they could, and would feel themselves to be unworthy to enter the marvellous mansion of art. But have even more pity on those who, have taken up then pen, or the paintbrush, or the instrument, or the tool, have turned inspiration into a paltry thing, and yet feel themselves to be better than others. Neither of these kinds of people know thy law that says, “For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.”

Pity those who eat and drink and sate themselves, but are unhappy and alone on their satiety. But pity even more those who fast, and who censure and prohibit, and who thereby see themselves as saints, preaching your name in the streets. For neither of these types of people know thy law that says, “If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.”

Pity those who fear death, and are unaware of the many kingdoms through which they have already passed, and the many deaths they have already suffered, and who are unhappy because they think that one day their world will end. But have even more pity for those who already know their many deaths, and today think of themselves as immortal. Neither of these kinds of people know thy law that says, “Except that one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Have pity on those who build themselves with the silken ties of love, and think of themselves as masters of others, and who feel envy, and poison themselves, and who torture themselves because they cannot see that love and all things change like the wind. But pity even more those who die of their fear of loving and who reject love in the name of a greater love that they know not. Neither of these kinds of people know thy law that says, “Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst.”

Pity those who reduce the cosmos to an explanation, God to a magic portion, and humanity to beings with basic needs that must be satisfied, because they never hear the music of the spheres. But have even more pity on those who have blind faith, and who in their laboratories transform mercury into gold, and who are surrounded by their books about the secrets of the Tarot and the power of the pyramids. Neither of these kinds of people know thy law that says, “Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”

Pity those who see no one but themselves, and for whom others are a blurred and distant scenario as they pass through the streets in their limousines and lock themselves in their air-conditioned penthouse offices, as they suffer in silence the solitude of power. But pity even more those who will do anything for anybody, and are charitable, and seek to win out over evil only through love. For neither of these kinds of people know thy law that says, “Let he who has no sword sell his garment and buy one.”

– Paulo Coelho. 1987. The Pilgrimage.

Source of Infinite Hope

‘Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope.’

– F. Scott Fitzgerald. 1925. The Great Gatsby.

何式凝。《我係何式凝,今年五十五歲》。

「我覺得,主耶穌基督到來,把人類從各種規條、儀式和傳統中釋放,讓人類不用成為宗教機構的一部份,同時有能力透過跟上帝的一對一關係而維持『基督徒』的生活方式,是一個喜訊。」
-〈不完美的基督徒生命〉。〈第三章:可怕的學校和教會〉。

「『你不是基督徒。這麼一路以來,你提及自己所相信的,只是一種靈性追求罷了。你根本不相信上帝。』」
-〈『你不是基督徒!』〉。〈第三章:可怕的學校和教會〉。

「『我是自願到來的。我並非天主教徒,似乎永遠也不會是。或許我知道自己在這裡的原因。這裡很平靜』」。
「對於主拯救世人的故事,我耳熟能詳,這是很重要的故事,感染力強,使我感同身受。我依然相信這故事,卻是以另一種形式,在抽象的層面,跟這故事接通。」
-〈玫瑰堂的黃昏彌撒〉。〈第三章:可怕的學校和教會〉。

「所謂的浪漫之愛,意思就是,我愛一個人是基於他是誰,而非他能給我的物質、經濟好處和社會地位。只有在這種真摯之愛中,人們才可以找到優雅和慈悲。」
「要釐清為擁有一個人而把別人排拒於外的這一件事。」
-〈婚姻總是一種誘惑〉。〈第四章:我去了你的婚禮〉。

「『如果你沒法從自身中找到快樂,幫助他人吧,那是喜樂的泉源。』」
-〈抗抑鬱自助指南〉。〈第六章:如何數算我的日子〉。

「如果能去退修,一天只專心做一件事,例如寫這本自傳,其他的事一概不理會,已是一種奢侈的享受。」
「與其在一年內十一個月都活得不快樂,而逃離一個月,不如主動尋求重新掌握自己的生活,在可能的範圍內,享受一杯咖啡。」
-〈Bridge over troubled water〉。〈第六章:如何數算我的日子〉。

The Way

‘There is a sunrise and a sunset every day and you can choose to be there for it. You can put yourself in the way of beauty.’

– Jean-Marc Vallée. (Director). (2014). Wild [Motion picture].

父親

「小時候,父親為我買了奧運套票。色彩豐富的小郵票,卻讓人捨不得用,這種感覺讓我難以承受。

父親經常送我郵票。大郵票、小郵票。日本郵票、外國郵票。父親沉默寡言,他送我的郵票成為我和他之間唯一的『對話』。」

– 川村元氣。《如果這世界貓消失了》。

人類需要貓

「人類是為了瞭解自己無從瞭解的事–自己的樣子、自己的未來、和自己的死,才會和貓在一起。老媽說得對,不是貓需要人類,而是人類需要貓。」

– 川村元氣。《如果這世界貓消失了》。

Life

‘Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.’

– Charlie Chaplin.

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