Here’s the quote.
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.
The man who wrote that, along with lots of other things, died early today.
Somebody made a wonderful comment that rather than a light going out, the universe is brighter just because he lived.
Here are some more gems from the same man.
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.
I believe the simplest explanation is, there is no God. No one created the universe and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realisation that there probably is no heaven and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe and for that, I am extremely grateful.
I remember reading A Brief History of Time. It’s accessible, wonderful, and I totally understood every sentence, until the next day when I realized I pretty much didn’t understand any of it. It all makes sense, and then I couldn’t remember what it was that made sense.
That is briefly why I am not a physicist.
The man’s name was Stephen Hawking.
I have no idea who “Stephen Hawkins” is.
I bet that one sentence is the only thing Joe has ever read of Hawking, ever. He probably couldn’t tell us why Hawking was famous or what he did.
And the reason Joe doesn’t want to look at his feet is because he hasn’t seen them in quite a few years.