Humanity’s time on Earth is almost up, according to Stephen Hawking. While speaking on the origins of the universe, the legendary physicist issued a terrifying warning – by saying the human race isn’t going to last for much longer while living on this tiny blue dot!
“I don’t think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet,” Stephen, 74, said while giving a lecture at Oxford University on Nov. 14, according to the New York Daily News. While speaking about life, the universe and everything else, the acclaimed cosmologist issued the ultimate deadline: “We must continue to go into space for the future of humanity.”
This isn’t the first time that Stephen has warned of humanity’s impending – and likely self-inflicted – doom. He shared these thoughts in the afterward to the new book, How To Make A Spaceship: A band Of Renegades, An Epic Race, and the Birth Of Private Spaceflight, according to the Daily Express.
“I believe that life on Earth is at an ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as a sudden nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus, or other dangers,” he wrote. “I think the human race has no future if it doesn’t go to space.”
Though Stephen’s words would send a chill down anyone’s spine, his speech at Oxford wasn’t completely pessimistic. The man — who often has been heralded as one of the smartest minds of all time — encouraged listeners to live their lives to the fullest.
“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet,” he said. “Try to make sense of what you see, wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. However difficult life may seem, here is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”
It’s such odd timing that Stephen’s exclamation proclamation comes after the election of Donald Trump, 70, to the presidency of the United States. Stephen made it clear he’s not a fan of “isolationism” when writing about the forces that caused the Brexit vote in his native England.
“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,” he wrote in July 2016, months before the candidate who promised to “Build The Wall” would win the White House. “Just like children, we will have to learn to share.” Hopefully, everyone can share a seat on the spaceship that will take humanity off of this planet and into the future.
What do you think about Stephen’s warning, HollywoodLifers? Do you believe him? Or do you think that humanity doesn’t have much time left on Earth?