Cream bronzers are a simple summer staple for sun-kissed skin
Cream bronzers are a simple summer staple for sun-kissed skin

Holly O'Neill

Here’s what to expect in seasons 3 and 4 of Netflix’s Bridgerton
Here’s what to expect in seasons 3 and 4 of Netflix’s Bridgerton

Jennifer McShane

‘Comfy Party’ is trending…But what does that even mean?
‘Comfy Party’ is trending…But what does that even mean?

Freya Drohan

‘The risk of clots has been very real for women for many years. Why didn’t they take the pill off the market?’
‘The risk of clots has been very real for women for many years. Why didn’t...

Dearbhla Crosse

This four-bedroom home in Mount Merrion is on the market for €1.15 million
This four-bedroom home in Mount Merrion is on the market for €1.15 million

Megan Burns

This €12 product helped me get rid of ALL my body acne in my thirties (really)
This €12 product helped me get rid of ALL my body acne in my thirties...

Jennifer McShane

An ode to ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ and the phenomenon of trash TV
An ode to ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ and the phenomenon of trash TV

Sarah Finnan

Image / Editorial

Stephen Hawking’s Words On Depression Are Beautiful


by Jennifer McShane
14th Jan 2016
blank

World-renowned scientist Stephen Hawking is known for providing us with complex, theological insights on his favoured subjects of space, time and physics, but he received praise for his comments on a more emotional matter at a talk in London this week, when he offered this advice to those suffering from’depression.

He made a?poetic comparison between depression and a black hole: “No matter how dark they seem,” he said. “Neither are impossible to escape.” He urged those who felt they were in a dark place to take comfort in the fact that there?can?always be a way out of it.

?The message of this lecture is that black holes aren’t as black as they are painted. They are not the eternal prisons they were once thought,” he added.

?Things can get out of a black hole both on the outside and possibly to another universe. So if you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up – there’s a way out.?

He gave the speech in front of a crowd of over 400 people as part of the Reith Lecture at the Royal Institute in London, and his emotive words were widely praised. Perhaps it’s the poignancy of the talk?that struck so many; Hawking was undoubtedly’speaking from his own personal experiences of dealing with’motor neurone disease – he was diagnosed with the condition in 1963 at the age of 21, when he was given just two years to live. Having just turned 74, Professor Hawking defied all expectations and 53 years later, he is considered to be one of the most intelligent scientists in the world.

According to the Daily Mail, he’said he learnt to appreciate what he had. “Although it was unfortunate to get motor neurone disease, I have been very fortunate in almost everything else,” he said. “I?have been lucky to work in theoretical physics at a fascinating time and it’ s one of the few areas in which my disability was not a serious handicap.”

Professor Stephen Hawking with actor Eddie Redmayne
Professor Stephen Hawking with actor Eddie Redmayne

“It’s also important not to become angry, no matter how difficult life may seem because you can lose all hope if you can’t laugh at yourself and life in general.”

Hawking was in the limelight last year for a very non-scientific reason, as the film based on his life ‘The Theory of Everything,’ starring Eddie Redmayne, achieved critical acclaim and Oscar glory.

Via The Daily Mail

Also Read

Rosanna Davidson and her twin boys
premium REAL-LIFE STORIES, PARENTHOOD
Rosanna Davidson: ‘I had sort of accepted that I was a girl who couldn’t have a baby herself’

For Mother's Day Lia Hynes sits down with Rosanna Davidson, whose exceptional journey into motherhood has given many hope.

By Lia Hynes

Women with MS who take medication, especially immunosuppressants, cannot become pregnant unless they come off medication.
premium HEALTH & WELLNESS, REAL-LIFE STORIES
I had to weigh up the possibility of losing my mind against losing my future children

Holograms of the children she may never have dance across Dearbhla Crosses' mind as an MS diagnosis and Covid-19 are unwelcome reminders of her biological clock ticking.

By Dearbhla Crosse

blank
EDITORIAL
Is marketplace feminism stealing the limelight from real female-driven issues?

‘Femertising’ is big business. Brands are increasingly taking advantage of...

By Amanda Cassidy

blank
AGENDA, EDITORIAL
TV presenter Kate Garraway’s husband ‘may never ‘have any kind of life’ after Covid battle

By Jennifer McShane

Keith-_-Tara_130_Web Shantanu Starick painting kitchen cabinets
EDITORIAL
How to limit drips and brush strokes while painting kitchen cabinets

Painting kitchen cabinets can be transformative and can be achieved relatively low-cost,...

By Amanda Kavanagh

blank
EDITORIAL
Vaccine envy: ‘Why a year of Covid has brought out the begrudgers’

By Amanda Cassidy

blank
EDITORIAL
Here’s how you can watch a new short film starring Paul Mescal

Paul Mescal fans, this one is for you… A 14-minute...

By Jennifer McShane