The Life-Time Continuum
I went to the movies to see “The Theory of Everything”, a movie that depicts the life and theory of Stephen Hawking, the Cambridge Cosmologists. In this movie he makes a statement concerning time and tries to prove his theory of time being something that can me measured and therefore quantified. While moving into the story he was diagnosed with Lou Garrick’s Disease and the doctors gave him two years to live. I’m sure diagnosis was based upon the experience of past patients whose life was ended because of this dreaded disease. Well, Stephen Hawking is 72 now and was diagnosed at the age of 21. In the movie when the doctor told him what was wrong with him he retorted, “What about my brain!” This statement struck me because out of all the things he would lose because of his disease he didn’t want to lose his mind – thoughts will, emotions, skill. He went on to write a book entitled “A Brief History of Time” which has been republished because of its robust thinking on the matter of time. But I subscribe to the Hebrew understanding of time that life is connected to time and time is life. Time is not what you have it is what you do. Stephen Hawking lives today because he had something to do.