“… much longer than yours. By 4,200,000 results”
This was part of a debate on social media.
A while back I came across a post that mentioned the recent birthday of Stephen Hawking.
The post also included a quote from the well known scientist.
As expected, there was a ton of comments.
Surprisingly, the comments I’ve read (only 30 to 40 out of hundreds)
had nothing to do with his birthday.
And everything to do with the “…advanced breed of monkeys…” quote.
The heated debate had the posters and their comments divided into two camps:
one praising Hawking’s accomplishments, the other deploring his limitations (religion related).
Posters were serious about substantiating their positions, hence the Google search mentioned above.
Someone mentioned Einstein to further substantiate the camp’s position.
This “game” even had a few self-appointed referees.
It surprised me to see how easily we can dismiss someone’s accomplishments because of their flaws.
Real or perceived flaws.
There were some fun comments too;
like the one who said the whole discussion resembled a comedy scene at dinner table.
The last one I read said, “…we must respect without offending, … hug to everyone here.”
I liked the comment so I stopped – I thought it’s best to end my reading on that high, positive note.
“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance,
it is the illusion of knowledge.”
― Stephen Hawking