05 May 2010

The Official "Stephen Hawking Doesn't Give A Shit So Neither Do I" Post

Saw this article in the news a couple of days ago. Go ahead, take a gander at it. I'll wait.
Seriously. Go read it. You need to in order to get the gist of this post. GO!!!!

Back? Awesome.

No, this post isn't about time travel (Don't I wish!). It's about the fact that Stephen Hawking just doesn't give a rat's ass what you think about him or his ideas. He's 68, he's in a state-of-the-air wheelchair that probably has hidden rocket launchers, his computer voice could kick your ass, and he played poker with Data, Einstein, and Sir Isaac Newton.

If he doesn't care what you think about his ideas? Then neither should I. Here you go:
  • I only care about three neighbors in my 169-home subdivision. After the divisiveness of the HOA last year, I have no love for the people living around me. If the whole place caught fire? I'd break out the marshmallows and watch it burn.
  • I don't think Heaven is a place. I think it's a furthering of our existences. I think we are all little pieces of God, placed here on Earth (or other planets/galaxies/whatever) to experience corporeal life. When we die, unless we end up staying on Earth attached to our loved ones for one reason or another, we merge back into God. Yep, go ahead and say it. BLASPHEMER!
  • I wasn't too pleased with the election of our current President. Hell, I didn't even want the other guy to be elected (ah, the joy of affiliating with a third party). But, I was willing to give President Obama the benefit of the doubt and respect his decisions because he's the duly-elected leader of our country. But seriously? You fucking killed the Orion space program and kicked NASA in the balls after they've already been ball-busted for over 30 years with budget cuts. Mr. President, we're done. You lost me.
  • I watch all of the Real Housewives... shows. I admit it. I watch them because they make me feel superior.
  • Throughout most of my life, I've tried too hard. I've always tried to insinuate myself into social groups and I always (I think) failed. I constantly felt I was on the outside looking in. Now, I think I've finally figured it out. I'm just me and I sit back and watch and interject when I have something to say, not just howling to get attention. Thirty-eight years and I'm finally comfortable in social situations. Friggin' took me long enough.
  • Sometimes? I wish I could disappear. Completely.
  • I don't think I'm very smart. I honestly don't. I also don't think I'm very good at the few things I do. I'm very hard on myself and as far as I'm concerned, I'm pretty much a failure every day.
  • Our government didn't mandate to the oil companies to stop using tankers for oil transport after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. I don't believe putting a stop to all off-shore drilling is the answer to the recent BP oil rig accident.
  • And for the lightning round... I think homosexuals should be allowed in the military. I think women should be allowed in combat positions. I think abortion should be legalized and condoms placed in middle and high school restrooms. I believe capital punishment is sanctioned state murder. I think immigration laws should be strictly enforced and I don't think English should be declared our country's official language. I think the burning of the American flag should be allowed in our country and I think the Westboro Baptist Church should be blown off the face of the Earth. I think homosexual couples should be allowed to marry and adopt children and I think single parents should be allowed to adopt as well.
And that's just a little of what I think/feel/believe.

Ah, I feel so much better. Thanks Professor Hawking!


Dave2 said...

Hmmm... I thought that NASA got a massive budget increase which now allows for the construction of a heavy-lift rocket two years ahead of the original Constellation plan? Maybe I read that wrong?

Anonymous said...

You go girl! Get it ALL out. Makes you feel so much better :)

Irrational Dad said...

Ooo... ooo... Can I? *raises hand* My turn? I believe more and more with every passing day that heaven is a myth. It's all stuff that was made up before we were smart enough to explain everything.

But, opinions are like... well, you know the rest.

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

Dave2 - He did increase the budget, $6 billion over five years. So, a little over $1 billion a year. We're still about half the size of the budget from 1966, the height of the gear-up for Apollo and I think in order for heavy-lift rockets to reach Mars, we need the man-power and equipment to be at 1966 levels or greater and said manpower and equipment cost money. I personally don't want our astronauts going to Mars sitting on top of a rocket from the lowest bidder. The 1966 NASA budget was 5 1/2% of the federal budget. Right now, NASA accounts for about 0.52% of the fed budget.

DutchBitch - I feel much, MUCH better!

Joe - Hey, no calling opinions smelly here! As long as we're all nice to one another, I'm good. :)

Ashlie- Mommycosm said...

See, we should be able to share our opinions without all the scrutiny.

Mine? I see possibilities in some of the alien origins theories. Totally makes more sense to me than an omnipotent God theory. Talk about blasphemy;)

Michael from dadcation.com said...

I think you're wrong about all of these things.

Okay, maybe just a few of them.

I think it's sad that we cut spending on NASA, but we can't afford it right now. We need to cut spending in a bunch of places these days, even if the programs are good ones. It's like that hybrid Lexus I want to buy--it's a good car, but it's not in my current budget. Not being able to afford it doesn't make the vehicle good or bad. To our country, that Lexus is Social Security, Medicare, the Dept of Defense, gov-controlled healthcare, etc. etc.

Unless we want to be like Argentina and Greece.

Grant said...

I'm sad that Stephen Hawking hasn't figured out how to go backwards in time because now I don't have the opportunity to ride a dinosaur before I die.

Megan said...

OMG, me too. To everything but the "Housewives." Well, maybe not. I've only watched each of them maybe once, but I DID feel superior!

It's really hard to justify spending a lot of money on space exploration when education is in the toilet, etc. But, as Hawking has pointed out, we need to find someplace to go when we've depleted our resources here. It's a tough call.

Unknown said...

I am so in love with you.

hello haha narf said...

fantastic post. most excellent, my friend. it thrills me when people finally get it...that we are totally entitled to our ideas and who gives a flying fuck what others think about it!

so here i am, lending my opinions to a few of yours...

* i love the idea that we are all little pieces of god, but to me returning to him is heaven.

* the real housewives don't make me feel superior, they make me incredibly sad. and they make me do the proverbial weeping for the future. and the present.

* yes, please be you. you have so many gifts which enhance social situations. you are an absolute pleasure to be around. keep being you!

* i'm thankful that you can't disappear. seriously.

* oh my dear heather, you are SO not a failure. and you are wonderfully smart.

hello haha narf said...

small p.s. i want to clarify that i am all about people expressing their thoughts, ideas and opinions, but i wanna pummel those who are close minded towards other thoughts, ideas and opinions. did that make sense?

sybil law said...

You and I think an AWFUL lot alike!
Except that God part.
From now on I'll call you Satan.

Ha! I kid.

Seriously, I agree with most of what you said. My idea of heaven is just a place that fits out best times and memories, and is everchanging as to what that particular vision is...
Regardless, it's pretty cool. :)
As are YOU.

Ren said...

I agree with quite a bit of this but must take issue with your choice to not make this post about time travel.

Need. More. cow be... err... Time Travel!

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

MommyCosm - Exactly. And I agree on the alien origin theories. I mean, why not? Why is it so far-fetched that we're not native to this planet?

Muskrat - I wanna be Bulgaria! Ahem. Anyway, I could agree with you about NASA, if all along they had been receiving $30 billion or more a year out of our budget, but they haven't. Even in the economical heyday of the 80s and the dot.com craziness of the 90s, NASA was getting the $ shaft. The government has always found something more important than the US Space Program. IMHO. But, what the fuck do I know? I spent $45 on a Gucci knockoff. :)

Grant - OH! That would be so friggin' cool.

Finn - But you know, I find that watching rockets launch into space is a good inspiration for education. Sputnik inspired so many of the baby boomer era to study science and it's sad to think that my kids won't have something like that to push their imaginations.

LceeL - Ditto, darlin'!

Hello Haha Narf - You know, the RHW make me feel sad, too. And? You gave me an awesome boost in the arm. I love you, hon. Thanks for your kind words!

Sybil Law - OK. I'll take Satan as a nickname! :)

Ren - You know, I should do a post about time travel. :)

Patois42 said...

I'll take up the last one and say a grand holy AMEN to it all. (Noting that, while I do agree capital punishment is state-sanctioned murder, I do find myself on a number of occasions advocating that some particularly reprehensible evil soul takes it in the vein. So, yes, it is state-sanctioned and, yes, I guess I've got a murderous bent in me.)

Avitable said...

I agree with most of those.

A Free Man said...

Ceasing to care what most people think of me was the most liberating experience of my life. Has evolved over the last three or four years to the point that I'm almost comfortable in my own skin today.

Liz Hill said...

You just rock--no disappearing please*smile*

Miss Britt said...


"Throughout most of my life, I've tried too hard. I've always tried to insinuate myself into social groups and I always (I think) failed. I constantly felt I was on the outside looking in. Now, I think I've finally figured it out. I'm just me and I sit back and watch and interject when I have something to say, not just howling to get attention. Thirty-eight years and I'm finally comfortable in social situations. Friggin' took me long enough."

- was really hard for me to imagine. You seem so effortless when I've been around you, it's hard to believe you weren't always that way!

Also? It's a good thing for third party affiliation! lol