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A different world.
One person and one movie greatly influenced the way I thought and saw the world. My desire to see everything, and to learn everything about them were due in large part, if not all, to them.
The person was my father. "Go out and see, hear, smell and interact and know. I mean really, truly know. Never allow yourself to view anything simply out of hearsay, or from your own point of view. Or worse, pretend you know all when you don't", he'd often tell me.
Star Wars......1977. By the closing credits, I had an even bigger drive for exploring and desire for adventure. The world suddenly seemed much larger. The inhabitants varied yet fascinating. It further cemented into me that however a person can act or look , either great or grotesque, it was unimportant. What mattered most was their soul, and I wanted to see into it.
Little could I imagine that this sci fi film would influence me to work in the world of intelligence.
I still look at the city and its people at night as if it is a galaxy, a world of some kind. Skyscrapers look like motherships, the cars like smaller speeding spacecraft.
I found every person I came, or nowadays choose to come across, to be fascinating individuals with their own story and motives in life. There will always be good and bad people, the bad often believing they hide it well. They always failed. It was my job to see through the targeted individuals personality and derive information from him or her. It wasn't a particularly enjoyable process, especially when the target pretends so poorly, but I must admit that at times their performances were almost comical to watch.
It still surprises me that Star Wars influenced me to end up in a profession I neither had planned or knew anything about. I'm not sure why, but I share what Steven Spielberg thought, "....the greatest American picture I'd ever seen". And I'll never forget when, during the closing credits under the weak glow of only the flickering screen, my father gently nudges me with his elbow, gives me his trademark wink and says, "It's a fascinating world ain't it?" #HongKong