I recently watched The Theory of Everything with a couple of friends of mine (which was really good. The performances were remarkable- especially Eddie Redmayne’s), and, while we were watching, one of my friends said “Can you believe that some people have only heard of Stephen Hawking because of this movie?” She went on to explain how oblivious some people are for not knowing him until now. And I agreed. I mean, I don’t know where or when I first heard about Stephen Hawking (it was probably while listening to my parents discuss something), but his name has come up a number of times during my life time. He’s mentioned in movies, youtube videos, comedy shows, books, school– the list goes on and on. He’s been mentioned enough for me to form somewhat of an image of him in my head, enough for me to hear his name and go “Oh, he’s that really science-y guy. The one that’s in a wheel chair and can’t talk on his own or something.”
So I agreed with her, you’re probably somewhat oblivious if you’ve never heard about Stephen Hawking. But – and this is a major but – what’s more important? Knowing that this person exists? Or taking the time to know why it matters that he does? I have known Stephen Hawking’s name for most of my life, and I have not bothered to do a simple google search about him until this movie. I didn’t know Stephen Hawking was an Englishman until I watched the trailer for The Theory of Everything. If you had asked me, “What is Stephen Hawking known for primarily?” I would not have known the answer to that question. Heck, if you’d pointed at a picture of him and asked me, “Who is this guy?” I would have hesitantly said, “Stephen Hawking.”
The fact is, I knew of him (slightly), it just never occurred to me to know the basic things about him. I think that makes all the difference.
What are your thoughts?
On another note, I highly recommend you listen to the OST (official soundtrack) of The Theory of Everything. It’s good music to wander off to. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55885Qnt7Ps