Today, we lost an incredible human to history. He will be deeply missed by science enthusiasts and curious thinkers all over the world. Nevertheless, most of us are grateful to have lived in a world with someone like Stephen Hawking. Here's remembering the biggest lessons he has taught mankind with his life.
Ignorance is the Biggest Sin
Walking this earth without inquisition about its beauty, working, or history is undoubtedly the stem of all crimes. Every human at one point tries to understand the way the world works in his or her own way - philosophy, physics, religion - our findings are enormous. We must strive to find answers to all our never-ending questions.
“It surprises me how disinterested we are today about things like physics, space, the universe and philosophy of our existence, our purpose, our final destination. Its a crazy world out there. Be curious.”
A genius and one of the best theoretical physicists, Hawking spoke and wrote volumes about the mysteries of space, with internationally best-selling collections, making him a remarkable human in the history of time.
Persistence is the Best Resistance
“Even though his body was attacked by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, when Hawking was 21, he stunned doctors by living with the usually fatal illness for more than 50 years.”
There have been times when I awed at people who carried on with prosthetic limbs or donated organs. But what can be a prosthetic for the mind? Who can donate their conscience?
Hawking showed us the infinite limits of the human mind by simply existing. His physical and emotional pain may be too much to explain using mere words, but even more so indescribable is the vigor of his mind!
“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up.”
Regardless of your origins, you have a purpose on this earth. To discover it, to replenish it and to care for it. Whenever you need motivation, remember Stephen Hawking.
“My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.”
Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in his biographical movie
Here is a short transcript of his opinion on the power of words:
“For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen. Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling human beings to work together to build the impossible. Mankind's greatest achievements have come about by talking, and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesn't have to be like this. Our greatest hopes could become reality in the future. With the technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking.”
- Stephen Hawking
Rest in piece, dear Mr. Hawking. You will be missed.