My take-aways after reading A Brief History Of Time
- Funnily enough – I could follow and understand 98% of it. Which is surprising given the fact that I did not particularly like physics at school. It did require some concentration and processing, but now I feel super accomplished after having read it cover-to cover.
- Perhaps the reason I did not like any natural sciences at school was because I saw no moral, motivational or spiritual implications in that knowledge back then. I did not connect the topics of gravity or relativity theory to “how the world is” or “why I am even here”. Back then, those answers were coming from history lessons and classical literature. Stephen Hawking did it for me. Somehow, he connected the science and pragmatism. Physics is no longer just an abstract, and I really like this new-found wisdom.
- I seriously did not know before that the universe is expanding. Maybe I was day-dreaming during that lesson, maybe nobody told me, but this is the first time ever I actually learned that the universe is steadily getting bigger … which I personally interpret as better, richer, more interesting and more generous. This is an amazingly good and comforting feeling – sitting at the beach on L’île Maurice, looking at the ocean and thinking about universe getting bigger and better.
- Back then during my school times, there were so many conspiracy theories, how humanity is running out of food and water and clean air, and how there won’t be enough jobs, money, husbands, luck and other goodies for everyone to enjoy (unless I do my homework, obey and respect the elderly, play by the rules, and generally act as a good girl). My interpretation of the concept of expanding universe is to mean that that the overall purpose of life is not to believe in scarcity, not to be limited, and stay opened to new opportunities. When you are building a business (and I am building several of them), it’s hard not to think sometimes that 90% of new businesses fail and all that crap, and statistically somebody can run out of luck, because it sounds so scientifically proven and serious. Somehow, reading this book gave me a confidence boost.
- For many years, if someone would ask me, what is the ideal physical state for a body, I would probably say “peace” or “not moving”. Probably, I associated “peace” with a state where the body has found its perfect balance or some state of ideal equilibrium, and therefore it does not get pushed around by various opposing forces. On some subconscious level, this long-term conviction made me feel less than perfect, because I personally cannot really enjoy steady state of not moving. I am constantly future focused and definitely not a peaceful person, who is able to meditate longer that two minutes at my very best. Again, after reading the book, its super comforting to know that actually, moving and balancing between opposing forces is the perfect state for a body, because it means it has the energy. Surprisingly, bodies are supposed to move all the time and are supposed to be in a bit of a tension all the time, and it’s all good and “healthy”. What a relief!