In the past, the renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has expressed his views on a wide variety of topics ranging from parallel universes to the future of humanity.
On Friday, he shared his thoughts in a Guardian opinion piece on the recent Brexit vote and how we think about wealth has a profound impact on our future.
Hawking starts by noting, "Does money matter? Does wealth make us rich any more? These might seem like odd questions for a physicist to try to answer, but Britain's referendum decision is a reminder that everything is connected and that if we wish to understand the fundamental nature of the universe, we'd be very foolish to ignore the role that wealth does and doesn't play in our society."
Hawking acknowledges that he was against the U.K. leaving the European Union at the time, but now, it's time to look ahead.
He explains, "Our planet and the human race face multiple challenges. These challenges are global and serious – climate change, food production, overpopulation, the decimation of other species, epidemic disease, acidification of the oceans. Such pressing issues will require us to collaborate, all of us, with a shared vision and cooperative endeavour to ensure that humanity can survive. We will need to adapt, rethink, refocus and change some of our fundamental assumptions about what we mean by wealth, by possessions, by mine and yours. Just like children, we will have to learn to share."
Further, Hawking warns, "If we fail then the forces that contributed to Brexit, the envy and isolationism not just in the UK but around the world that spring from not sharing, of cultures driven by a narrow definition of wealth and a failure to divide it more fairly, both within nations and across national borders, will strengthen. If that were to happen, I would not be optimistic about the long-term outlook for our species."
However, he ends his piece on a positive note, "...we can and will succeed. Humans are endlessly resourceful, optimistic and adaptable."
Mr. Humble will do a byline for me :
Sometimes we have to back up to move forward. Our country is having problems living together because a very small number of us hold on to old issues and refuse to look to the future as they are self serving.
Our families are disintegrating and some want to condemn religious people for believing in fairy tales. (calling no names) We have a UN that has been totally dysfunctional and places responsibilities for issues less important when they have moral issues that affect the good of mankind to make things come together for the good of everyone . Moving forward too fast in these instances can result in total chaos.
Until we can respect and all work towards the same goals or something even close and until we find a way to compromise it is too early to try to form a New World Order. Our recent Presidents have encouraged a NWO and yet we are more divided than ever. Perhaps we need to start small - states, nations and the continent and finally the world. But we can't even agree on goals within our country today.
It may be smart Dr. Hawkings, but we have no common sense to go with it.
Just my humble opinion
Thanx you Mr. Humble
The Roving Reporter G.