I wanted to come out of my writing fox hole to talk about an individual who not only changed the way we thought about physics and inspired us to follow in his wheel-marks, but also that obstacles are there to get in our way and not let them stop us entirely. The choice, as always, is ours.
Diagnosed with ALS, the man continued to live his life till he became a Legend. A mythic figure not only of titanic proportions in the physics world, but also as someone who refused to be labelled by his disability. This is an individual who didn’t need your sympathy, and would likely induce a muttered death wish under your breath, as he leaves you in the dust as he scaled ever higher.
A mind of such brilliance we will spend the next couple of hundred years trying to figure it out, but until then those of us with pipes and glasses on string can nod sagely and act like we knew what he was saying all along.
It’s funny to be saddened by the death of a stranger, but that is the power of this modern age we’ve all come to take for granted. There will be millions of voices decreeing him one of the most intelligent minds of our (if not all) time for his work in physics, but for it was something simpler and easier to explain, if still no less easy to do.
Here we have a man who had enough reason to become bitter and resentful to the world around him, and what did he do? He punched Seymour Skinner in the face with a boxing glove on a spring. Him “Inventing” the Hawking Chamber. And stealing Homer’s idea for a doughnut shaped universe.
There’s a precipice where an individual whose venn diagram of life will likely not been seen again. A genius who possessed a wisdom to allow him to overcome the opposition stacked against him so he could still be a human. And a man of such wit and barbed sarcasm that he can make Eddie Redmayne squirm after answering “I am an astrophysicist, not an astrologer” to Eddie’s “I see we’re both Capricorns!”.
You will be missed, in more ways than one, more than we will fully comprehend.
“That story was preposterous! Stephen Hawkins in a Pizz-e-ria”- Hubert Farnsorth.
Now Here’s Sundrifter’s “I want to Leave” to play us out.