Prof.Stephen Hawking’s words in Paralympic 2012 opening ceremony

Screen shot of Prof.Stephen Hawking at London Paralympics 2012
(29Aug2012)

I have always been an admirer of Professor Stephen Hawking! Why wouldn’t I be, for (a) I am a fellow Physicist and have that in common with him, and (b) I once met him in the streets of Cambridge, during my University days on a trip over there.

I missed the first 20 minutes of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games  earlier today. But the bits I saw were brilliant, emotive and inspiring. ..And here are the closing words by Stephen Hawking, who speaks about our differences, what’s important, and aspirations.

“The Paralympic Game is also about transforming the perceptions of the World. We are all different. There is no such thing as a standard or run of the mill human being – but we share the same spirit. What is important is that we have the ability to create. This creativity can take many form – from physical achievements to theoretical physics. However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at.  The game provides an opportunity for athletes to excel, to stretch themselves and become outstanding in their fields. So let us begin to celebrate excellence, friendship and respect. Good luck to you all.”

-Proff.Stephen Hawking  (29Aug2012, London).

Interesting how he plays with words like `physical’ and `physics’.  Scientists strive to find `standard models’ or theories, to explain many things, and here is a Scientist who says that there are no such things as a `standard human’.  Being a disabled person (who was originally given 2 years to live but has lived many times that limit so far), Professor Hawking personally knows what it is to physically struggle, when he talks about opportunity to stretch and excel.

-Mani

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