Although professor Stephen Hawking is considered to be one of the most intelligent people alive, not everyone appreciates the renown astrophysicist’s often bleak predictions for the future. Considering that life is stressful and depressing enough for a lot of people, I understand why some prefer to cover their ears whenever sad facts about the future of humanity are being uttered. However, blissful ignorance will only last for so long before being smacked in the face by reality. Therefore, I think it’s a good idea to listen to what Stephen Hawking has to say in spite of the fact that you may not necessarily like what you hear.
For example, professor Stephen Hawking recently warned us again that humanity must change its violent ways while even going as far as to say that failing to do so could spell the end of our species. This is definitely not something we haven’t heard before, but it’s good to be reminded every now again that several countries have weapons of mass destruction that are capable of wiping us all out. According to the Daily Mail, when asked about a shortcoming that he would change in humans, Stephen Hawking replied with: “The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression. There is rather a lot of it around. There always has been. It may have had survival advantage in caveman days, to get more food, territory or partner with whom to reproduce, but now it threatens to destroy us all. He also reminded us that: “A major nuclear war would be the end of civilization, and maybe the end of the human race.” A very pessimistic view of things, but one that we need to be aware of.
But Stephen Hawking also sees some hope for the future and thinks that we should now be focusing on space exploration. Travelling all the way to the Moon was definitely a major achievement for humanity, but it’s not enough. In case of an unfortunate world war or some other type of worldwide catastrophe we need to set our sights on another planet that we can colonize and live on if we want to ensure the future of the human race. Unsurprisingly, this planet will be Mars. Currently, it is estimated that the first people should set foot on the Red Planet sometime during the 2030s. Stephen Hawking sees space exploration and the colonization of other planets as a “life insurance” for us. The thought of people living Earth behind and heading towards other planets is a bit depressing, but it may turn out to be our only chance for survival in the long run.