This is how I’d like to remember a great mind and spirit like Stephen Hawking – released from the prison of his ailing body, and finally at one with the universe. There may be a void where his body used to be. But as physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says, think of the space he left behind as a kind of vacuum energy, permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure.
His “A Brief History of Time” was dubbed the most popular book never read. Well, I actually did get through the whole book. But I must confess, I struggled to understand a lot of it. The truth is, even if many of us can not begin to fathom the genius that is Stephen Hawking, we have all been touched and enlightened in some way by his daring, and his genius. By his relentless fight against his crumbling body to illuminate the human condition. Filling us with a great hope that the secrets of the Universe can be unveiled. And that as a species on Earth, we may be minuscule, but not insignificant.
In the words of the man himself,
“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.”
And that you are. Rest in Peace, Mr Hawking. You will always be with us.