Theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, an illness that ravaged his body since the age of 21. However, his gentle soul, forceful mind, and great heart existed in a state of grace for 55 more years. Stephen Hawking authored 122 books. The most popular is A Brief History of Time.
In technology’s swift dispersal of information, it’s easy to be swept into negativity and tribalism. Hawking’s example informs us of a way to remain centered and calm. These seven quotes inspire:
- “Nothing is better than reading and gaining more and more knowledge.”
- “I like physics, but I love cartoons.”
- “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”
- “Government works best under the glare of public scrutiny. Absent such scrutiny, abuses occur.”
- “The quality I would most like to magnify is empathy. It brings us together in a peaceful, loving state.”
- “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.”
- “You cannot understand the glories of the universe without believing there is some Supreme Power behind it.”
I conjecture that Hawking embraced a way of being that allows an individual to exist in balance: letting the heart lead with positive emotions so the brain can function objectively whether examining empirical reality or observing the human condition.
The facts, yes, the facts + empathy expressed by the heart = complete human being.
Here’s a question to ask when facing a situation: What would Stephen Hawking do?
So very appropriate. Thanks Catherine!
Thanks, Ms. Bea! It’s good to be in touch. : )
Your blog is one of the reasons I’ve come back to following blog-world 🙂
Wow! You motivate me. : )
Yes, indeed, empathy. I heard that he believes we shouldn’t seek out other beings in the universe, suspects they wouldn’t be friendly. Found that fascinating. My scientist so believes they’d have to be more advanced than us—thus past violent takeover. Goodbye Stephen Hawking. RIP
I saw that quote, too, Karen. Interesting thought! Thanks for dropping by.
Thanks for sharing this. My heart sank at the news. The world felt less, yet he left such a legacy for generations to come.
Hi TK. It’s a legacy that will far outlast the current times. Certain lives inspire us to get up every day to do something positive.
Nice post! We have something similar like this on our blog. Please feel free to visit. If you find it worthy do follow and like 🙂