Stephen Hawking’s Message to People Who Are in a “Black Hole”
Stephen Hawking is an example of strength and overcoming obstacles. He never allowed his condition to weigh him down psychologically.
In spite of his physical limitations, Stephen Hawking is an example of strength and overcoming obstacles. He never allowed his condition to weigh him down psychologically.
Stephen Hawking was one of the most admired men of our times, not only for having one of the brightest minds, but also as an example of triumph.
He was born in January 8th, 1942 in Oxford, England. He’s known around the world for his studies in theoretical physics.
As a child, one of his dreams was to study mathematics. However, for various reasons, he decided to switch to Natural Sciences in college.
During his first year at Cambridge, young Hawking, who was barely 21 years old, started to feel the symptoms of a disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which would change his life forever.
In those times, doctors estimated that the maximum life expectancy for people with this disease was two and a half years, but Hawking overcame these expectations and became one of the most important people in science.
In spite of his physical condition, Hawking gave hundreds of speeches around the world. He shared his wisdom in millions of documentaries and books.
But beyond simply knowing how the universe works, he also knew a lot about life and the most difficult stages that humans can experience.
In one of his conferences, he spoke about depression and shared interesting conclusions with clear examples based on his own life.
Stephen Hawking sent out a beautiful message to people with depression
Stephen Hawking continued to teach, research, and share beautiful, contemplative messages with the entire world until his death.
In different opportunities, he expressed that his expectations were reduced to zero once he was diagnosed with ALS. But he ended up realizing that every aspect of his life was an advantage.
He dedicated his entire existence to scientific studies and to the search for answers to the universe.
He couldn’t talk nor move and was limited to a wheelchair. In spite of all this, he found a way to communicate with and inspire the whole world.
In one of his discussions, Hawking compared black holes to depression, making it clear that neither of them are impossible to escape from.
“The message of this lecture is that black holes aren’t as black as they’re painted. They’re not the eternal prisons they were once thought. Things can get out of a black hole, both to the outside, and possibly, to another universe. So, if you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up. There’s a way out.”
In response to his own disabilities, he added:
“Although people should have the right to end their life if they wanted to, I think it would be a great mistake. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.
If you are disabled, it is probably not your fault, but it is no good blaming the world or expecting it to take pity on you. One has to have a positive attitude and must make the best of the situation that one finds oneself in; if one is physically disabled, one cannot afford to be psychologically disabled as well.”
Stephen Hawking continued to inspire scientific minds and also inspired people that, in some way or another, have had great difficulties in their lives as well.
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Hawking considered science to be a great field for people with physical disabilities, as it develops the mind primarily. He pointed out that physical work is out of the question, but theoretical work is ideal.
He also recognized that he achieved a lot due to the help he got from his loved ones, colleagues, and students who have always supported him.
“I think people in general want to help, but you need to make them feel like their efforts to help you are worth it.”
Lucy Hawking, Stephen’s daughter, shared these words about her father before his death: “He has a very enviable wish to keep going and the ability to summon all his reserves, all his energy, all his mental focus and press them all into that goal of keeping going.
But not just to keep going for the purposes of survival but to transcend this by producing extraordinary work – writing books, giving lectures, inspiring other people with neurodegenerative and other disabilities.”
Stephen Hawking’s words have been shared around the world as a message for people who have fallen into depression and its limitations.
His life experiences and the way he expressed himself are clear demonstrations of his wisdom and his being.