[COMMENTARY] Be nice and knock off the saber-rattling

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer

(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussion purposes only.)

Wouldn’t it be nice if we were older / Then we wouldn’t have to wait so long / And wouldn’t it be nice to live together / In the kind of world where we belong ~ Beach Boys – 1966

The brilliant physicist, Stephen Hawking has opined about what he sees as the biggest threat to world survival.

Hawking, who at 75 has lived longer than anyone with ALS, has made it clear he’s worried about the future of humanity and he offers the following to save it,.

First, be nice.

“The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression,” he said. “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” through nuclear war. The quality I would most like to magnify is empathy. It brings us together in a peaceful, loving state.”


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