This post is in reference to the article: Stephen Hawking: ‘heaven is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark’
I respect Mr. Hawking’s opinion, but feel it necessary to interject a few of my thoughts. I guess if I was in his position of notoriety in the matters of science, I too would feel it my personal duty to question the validity of others belief.
Mr. Hawking being a genius in science doesn’t make him an absolute authority on the human condition of belief. What is real or not real of the afterlife is up for speculation and therein lies the rub.
I’ll address Mr. Hawking’s reference to ‘fairy stories & heaven’. I think ‘fairies’ is the operative word because he could have said ‘fiction‘ instead. As his super intelligence goes unquestioned, his choice of words is very telling. I think it’s a deliberate statement inferring that fairies have some connection with getting too or believing in heaven.
As far as my protestant knowledge goes, Fairies have zero to do with Heaven or Christianity. Fairies are not divine beings, they’re believed to be nature spirits attached to the earthly realms & alternate dimensions.
There’s a legend that fairies chose not to follow Christianity and therefore are unclean spirits. In my opinion, it’s bigoted to suggest that. If Elder fairies chose not to follow Christianity then it means there was an actual freedom of choice. Speaking from human experience, not everyone follows what the elders choose as society standards. Which means that surely some fairies chose different paths. I’m not so sure fairies and nature folks would be held to the same standards as a human anyhow. Fairies are neither good nor bad as compared to the way we humans think of good vs evil. The fairy and nature folk ways are not the human ways. They have duties & agenda’s to run & do so based on the most productive manner. Sounds a bit like they’re doing the work of God’s universal plan just as the biological critters and creatures do. If there be fairies that be of free will, then it’d be a good guess that there be fairies in heaven.
In reality, I believe that the path to heaven isn’t opened just on the old translations of the Bible. Otherwise how could there be “Other sheep” in Jesus’s flock that he mentions.
I agree with Mr. Hawking that there isn’t a heaven for computers. However, he mixed the metaphor badly. In manner of speaking, yes, human brain are much like a computer, but he should remember we are not machines. Our biological existence is quite different from a machine. When he speaks of our brains viability and energy as a literal computer, he’s dehumanizing us. The total dynamics of the human brain is yet to be figured out and in my opinion runs quite differently than a machine. A Computer can’t be afraid of the dark, unless it’s programmed to react as if it is. Nor does it output data on heaven without humans entering the info. Human’s can be afraid of the dark by natural survival instincts, But I don’t think the natural reaction of humans to dark is really a true fear as much as caution to avoid injury or harm.
I’m not sure why Mr. Hawking said, ‘heaven is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark’. I have to say that being afraid of the dark has never had anything to do with my belief in God and heaven nor in the teachings of my protestant beliefs. How can belief in heaven have anything to do with a person’s fear of the dark.
I’ve also got to add that I’ve never heard of individual folks having a ‘personal God’. Personal angels, yes, some are called guardian angels or guides but not a God for each person. Generally, it’s thought angels are many but there’s only one God or Universal power of which Mr. Hawking stopped short of supporting.
edited in 7-29-2001-> I’ve thought about this for awhile now and I wonder if the deity Mr. Hawking refers to as a ‘personal god’ should instead be referred to as a ‘parental God‘ who is the one who tends our personal needs and cares.
My issues with Mr. Hawking’s thoughts is the issue that I have with paranormal investigators & skeptics. When they exclude the human condition from the equation, they lost a major part of solving the mysteries of life.
I don’t want anyone to think I’m picking on Stephen Hawking, when it comes to fae & nature folk, I get quite annoyed when supposed experts express shortsighted thoughts using or not using beings of legends & lores. I’ve responded in question to Nick Redfern who wrote an article on a Strange little hairy man-like creature , he referred to it as everything but a nature folk or fae. I also had a really strong response about Prof Roger Wotton on his article Angels and Fairies not being able to fly, I felt it was short-sighted based on too narrow a field of research.
edited in: 12-14-2016- fixed the link to Stephen Hawking: ‘heaven is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark’