posted on Jan, 3 2008 @ 09:10 AM
I am sure most of you know about Stephen Hawking
and who he is... I would guess 96% of the ATS members-
but for the other 4%- go "google" him and come back.
This thread just wants to point out something about this genius-
a man regarded as perhaps the best/smartest living physicist-
yet that is subjective and he also has his detractors and very smart competitors for that title (like Richard Feynman, and others)...
Anyway- the points I want to bring up and ask for discussion about is:
1) The fact that he was a lazy student, an underachiever, UNTIL he contracted Lou Gehrig's Disease and who confined to a wheelschair, paralyzed, and
unable to speak. Using a special computer, the guy
freakin' writes books by moving his eyes, and solves complex math problems- in his head, since he can't use paper. But- he did nothing wiht his
gifts until something happened that MOST PEOPLE would consider a type of death- not being able to walk or talk or move?
But he retained the power to THINK... and he proves how POWERFUL consciousness is... intelligent, curious consciousness.
He has had wives, and leads- beyond expectation- a 'normal' life.
Think about us- we all have problems- some more, some less, some lives
reading this are harder than other lives reading this- but most of us can walk and talk. It makes me realize that we all have such potential- much
greater than MOST of us actualize... I am guilty of it- and Hawking is a great lesson about life.
2) GENIUS IS NOT PERFECT
THe other cool thing about Hawking is that one of his biggest theories-
about black holes- we was dead wrong about- and years of work, followed by years of trying to convince colleagues of his position- was followed by an
admission of error. So here is a guy who is a genius at what he does- one of the best EVER... and he gets a major MAJOR part of his work wrong.
Lesson? We are all human and we all make mistakes- so for me, the lesson her is about fear of failure.
Sometimes we do not do something because we are afraid of failing. We are afraid of failing because we fear the failure will define us- as losers.
Hawking shows us that failure is not the by-product of "losers"... it is a normal part of the upward journey of achievement in any field... no
matter how smart you are, you will fail a few times, you will be wrong- so that gives us the confidence to try hard at whatever we do, because failing
is okay, and we are not going to be defined or judged for them unless failure beats us and we never try again.
Hawking is a great inspiration, even if you never read his books.
He reminds us that what we perceive as limits on our lives...
are self-imposed illusions...