As a lifelong student of philosophy, I have long been fascinated by the incompatibility of belief systems and the conflicts they give rise to. But that has always been a theoretical concern; not any more. I never thought that I would end up living with such conflicts, such as experiencing the profound cognitive oppositions, beliefs and commitments between the yellow and blue camps in Hong Kong. Here, I contrast some of my own beliefs with those of a yellow-camper, an early middle-aged, university-educated woman whose job requires frequent travels to the mainland, the one place she absolutely hates yet knows a great deal about. Her beliefs are typical of those of the yellow camp. Also, she seems to entertain no scepticism or doubt about them. She sanctions vandalism and looting as acts of protest, even if it means destroying local jobs. Generally, violence, including deadly attacks, against mainlanders and locals with different political opinions, may be tolerated. I think that’s crazy and criminal. She believes police killed more than one person at Prince Edward MTR station on August 31 last year and families of “the victims” were silenced by China. I believe no one was killed. Therefore, there was no body. Divided we dine: perils of a ‘blue’ vs ‘yellow’ Hong Kong economy She believes 15-year-old Chan Yin-lam was raped and murdered by police and her naked body dumped into the harbour. Her mother was forced by China to claim she committed suicide. I believe Chan’s mother. She buys helmets for frontline protesters. I support peaceful protests and see no use for helmets. She doesn’t want to work on the mainland because she fears retribution. I would love to go on a tour across the country, once the pandemic is over . She believes everything will be resolved soon as China will collapse and Hong Kong will be free. I think the central government and Communist Party will outlast all of us for a very long time . I don’t accept any of her beliefs and actions, except her fear of retribution on the mainland, as rational or evidence-based. But I know many Hong Kong people think and believe in exactly the same way as she does. That’s why it will be hard to achieve any reconciliation or compromise between the blues and yellows. It’s also possible that I suffer from a deep psychosis and that all my beliefs are false and that she is right!