[I Came, I Saw, I Conquer]
By: DUAN Yanlin, Alan (Jockey Club Academy Hall)
Why do people ever want to risk their lives and climb Mount Everest? On that beautiful summer day in May 1996, Rob Hall and his Adventure Consultants’ team members gave an answer: “Because it’s there.”
This is the most impressing word that I remember when I was watching the movie Everest. This disaster drama and adventure thriller film, based on the real events of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, showed us how human endeavor could brightly shine even when our lives were in risks.
I always believe that to conquer the impossibility is something built-in our human being. It drives us to go deep down below sea level, to go straight up to the highest point of this world, even to places beyond our planet such as the Moon. Those achievements, from a utilitarian’s perspective, mean nothing more than doing your job well and making economics value. However, it is truly a milestone or a worthwhile accomplishment that we all appreciate, because of the spirit behind: impossible is literally nothing.
I recommend this movie to everyone because it depicts a very ‘real’ world: a world that people could die in just one second with no solemn background music playing or exaggerated expressions; a world with selfishness, argument and sadness; a world that no one is superman (including the protagonist) and there is no miracle no matter how much you expect one to be there. The most important thing, though, is even in this ‘real’ world, we surpass ourselves and never give up. We climb Mount Everest not for fame, nor for money: neither of them is worth risking our lives. We do that solely because it’s there, because human endeavor is deep in our heart.
文: 段延麟 (賽馬會群智堂)