” Intelligence is someone’s ability to adapt to change.” – Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking is to science today, as Einstein was to science the years 40-60. He’s not only a genius of science is a human genius.
When he was 21, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a degenerative neuromuscular disease that paralyzes all muscles of the body. Imagine! A 21 year old who discovers he won’t have more than a year to live. Staying quadriplegic until, eventually, the diaphragm muscle’s function collapses and he dies by suffocation. Of course was emotionally broken. He became, indeed, a quadriplegic and unable to perform any voluntary movement, including head movements, which also happened to be immobilized. Breathing became guaranteed by an artificial system that replaces the diaphragm.
This young man, recently graduated from Oxford University in physics, received his doctorate at the University of Cambridge, already completely paralyzed. His mind wasn’t affected in any way by the disease and he became the brilliant scientist we all know. Why?
Because, even stuck in a wheelchair, unable to even hold his head upright, he decided to give his best. After the age of 40, he had an pneumonia, following which it was necessary to give him a tracheotomy. As a result of the procedure he also lost his voice. Imagine, paralyzed and speechless! Put difficulty on that! Not even 5% of us go through half of what he went through. What did he do? He got a machine, a voice synthesizer, which gave sound to his words. It’s the atrificial voice that appears in Pink Floyd’s album, The Division Bell, in the song Keep Talking.
A genius of science and an inspiration as a fellow human. Think of the loss that it would be for humanity if he had given up!
Compare your problems and your sufferings. If any of them stop you from giving your best, think of Stephen Hawking who is known for his genius brain, but intelligence is, in fact, his lower quality.