If you bump into super star Chow
Yun-fat in the Kowloon City wet market, you would be pleasantly surprised. Why?
The reason is simple – you don’t expect him to be doing his own shopping! We
regard these celebrities as “extraordinary” and therefore should not be doing
anything “ordinary”. This is societal expectation working!
Anybody with a mouth and has
heard of foul language would be able to reproduce it. We can hear people
screaming in such language over the phone while commuting on MTR. All we do is
we walk away! But when a teacher yelled out one such phrase at a police, the
whole society of Hong Kong was shaken. Some people can tolerate deviance while
others can’t. Or some deviance can be tolerated while others can’t be! To me, a
teacher in whatever kind of situation should never utter any vulgar language. There
is a fine line drawn and we have to observe it. This doesn’t make us “pretentious”
or less cool.
Very often, the “extraordinary”
people choose to do something “ordinary”. A president can be picking up a baby
from the crowd and holding him or kissing him! In his Lunar New Year video
message, the Chief Executive and wife are both working in the kitchen and
sharing a meal with “ordinary” people. They condescend so as to appear more
human. We can be pleasantly amused but we should remain cool. These are only