The mechanical voice with the ironically American accent has gone silent.
This morning, the most famous physicist in the world, Stephen Hawking, passed away.
While studying physics at Cambridge, Hawking was diagnosed with ALS when he was only 22 years old.
He began to lose his motor skills and was eventually confined to a wheelchair. The young man fell into a deep depression.
Thankfully, a professor in his life encouraged him to not let his disease define him. With this newfound confidence, Hawking dove back into his work in science and physics. Stephen Hawking is a prime example that all life is precious and has meaning.
How would Margret Sanger or George Bernard Shaw view Stephen Hawking?
They would say he didn’t have any quality of life. They would say he was disabled and therefore a burden on society. They would say he was worthless.
The world is a better place because Stephen Hawking chose to live his life to the fullest.
All of those sentiments are untrue. The world is a better place because Stephen Hawking chose to live his life to the fullest despite his crippling disease. He leaves behind a loving wife, three children and a legacy unmatched by many.
Agree with him or not, he challenged our perception of the universe. But more than that, he showed us that no one can define your life except you.
You are the master of your own world.