The Parable of Stephen Hawking 
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 The Parable of Stephen Hawking
The Parable of Stephen Hawking

Some of you are aware of Stephen Hawking.  A few of you can understand
his mind. No one perceives the symbolism of his existence.

Stephen Hawking is an amazing intellect trapped in a crippled body. He
has stepped up on the ladder of evolution. His mind is operating at
15% instead of the normal 12%. This is, of course, metaphorical.  What
none of us can get past is the horror, the cosmic joke of his physical
condition.

Our minds are so focused on our physical selves as we exist now that
the very thought that we may be changing terrifies us. I myself am not
immune. I study my small toe and mourn its future disappearance. I am,
however, aware that it is not rational to expect stasis.  We will
change.  If our species survives long enough, our future selves will
be as different from us as we are from Neanderthals. This is the crux
of the crisis of belief that humanity has been struggling with over
the last few generations.

Every one of us is a point in space-time. We are each a culmination of
all that has gone before and in turn we are each a bridge to all that
will come. We need to accept ourselves as waypoints. Embrace the past
and welcome the future.  There is a higher purpose, we are simply not
evolved enough to understand it.

Rejoice in our rate of development.  No other species on the planet
has grown in leaps and bounds the way man has. Be aware that we are
not all changing at the same rate. Some minds are not ready to be
awakened. Help them to ease into the future by not destroying their
belief system.  Religion is a mental safety net, a catchall for what
we cannot comprehend and what we cannot comprehend is infinite and
eternal. Incorporate our new knowledge with our old.

Consider Stephen Hawking. Get past your obsession with his physical
state. It is not what is important.  Concentrate on his mind.  It is a
glimmer of our future potential. Awe-inspiring, isn't it?



Thu, 07 Oct 2004 21:46:52 GMT
 The Parable of Stephen Hawking


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> The Parable of Stephen Hawking

One of my favorite people!  ;-)

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> Some of you are aware of Stephen Hawking.  A few of you can understand
> his mind. No one perceives the symbolism of his existence.

And I would suggest that even fewer understand or in some cases, even
condone, his "humanity" and the fact that he at least sees no conflict
between high science and "common people".   Being unable to even dictate his
wisdom to a stenographer, he laboriously, one letter at a time, taps out the
details of theoretical physics in a way that even a non-technical person can
appreciate and grasp, if not fully understanding, or needing to understand,
all of the details.  Unlike U.S. Grant, who raced cancer to complete his
memroirs and secure his family a living pension, Hawking does this for the
love of the science.  Its a shame that more very knowledgeable scientists,
far more capable of transfering their knowledge to the printed word, will
not take the time, of which Dr. Hawking has so so precious little, to
educate the great unwashed, and would rather "Let them eat cake!".

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> Stephen Hawking is an amazing intellect trapped in a crippled body. He
> has stepped up on the ladder of evolution. His mind is operating at
> 15% instead of the normal 12%. This is, of course, metaphorical.  What
> none of us can get past is the horror, the cosmic joke of his physical
> condition.

If its a joke, its should be an inspirational joke in which I must suppose
that Hawking himself possibly sees the perverse humor.  His mind can take
him to the most distant galaxy and across time, but his body cant carry him
across the room.  Somehow, I have a feeling that he would not trade one for
the other.

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> Consider Stephen Hawking. Get past your obsession with his physical
> state. It is not what is important.  Concentrate on his mind.  It is a
> glimmer of our future potential. Awe-inspiring, isn't it?

Actually, along with the justifiable awe should be a great deal of humble
pie I think!  But then that is MY favorite herasy!  8-)  Science, and the
place for scientists, is down in the trenches with the simple common humans,
where Hawking does his intellectual humanist's handstands and not in the
ivory towers of egotistical elitism.  Without lifting but a single finger or
two, somehow or another, Hawking has managed to "get his hands dirty" in
those trenches!

He will leave his mark on the tree of history far above even the
self-declared high reach of the whole-bodied, healthy scientists who cloak
their insights in encrypted techno-babble and hide it away in the trade
rags.

Ker-thunk!  As the soapbox is kicked out from under him. . . . . . .

Regards
bk



Fri, 08 Oct 2004 00:13:51 GMT
 
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