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Stephen Hawking celebrated his 70th Birthday

Stephen Hawking was born on January 8, 1942, at Oxford, British Commonwealth. Today he celebrated his 70th birthday. He is the most famous theoretical physicist after Einstein.

He has been predicted to die at 1963 because of his rare disease, motor neuron diseases (MNDs). These are a group of neurological disorders that selectively affect motor neurones, the cell that control muscle activity including speaking, walking, breathing, swallowing, and general movement of the body. They can cause progressive disability and death. Stephen Hawking is one of example who can survive fifty years while enduring this disease.

He suffers from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) which only 5% who suffers from this disease in the world. Most people who suffers from this disease will die one year later after sentenced to suffer that disease. The case of Stephen Hawking is a miracle.

Stephen Hawking who teaches at Cambridge University, UK, said that he was so lucky because his condition continued slower that most common case. This also showed that we must not loose hope.

He said, “I am often asked, ‘how it feels to suffer from ALS?'”. He answered, “I am fine. I try to live as common as possible and not think too much of my disease, or regret because I cannot do things, because in fact I cannot do much things”.

He also added, “Although there is a black cloud covers my future, I actually found something surprising. I better enjoy my life now than before.

In the middle of struggling over his disease, he keeps doing research and invent some important  progress of theoretical physics studies.

Despite of his disability, he is an optimist. He also said, “Human being is very stunted compared with the greatness of universe; so that people with disabilities is not a sign of significant cosmic”.

We are as normal people which have no disability should be more optimist to face life!

Happy birthday, Professor Stephen Hawking! You really inspired me!


Martin Luther King Jr.

I think this is not the first time I heard about Martin Luther King Jr. However, I don’t know exactly who he is.

TIME magazine presents photo-biography of him to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day which is observed on the third Monday of January. But, wait, who is he? What is so great about him?

After reading several sources, including Wikipedia of course, Martin Luther King is an influential civil rights leader. He is best known as iconic that against discrimination in the United States. He is also known by “Black Gandhi” because he used non violent methods as Gandhi did.

He was born in Atlanta at 1929. Martin grew as educated and religious person. His father, Martin Luther King Sr., taught him Catholic in a very discipline way. It is not surprised that Martin Jr. followed the path of his father.

Being grown in a religious family make Martin Jr. be more critical to the condition of surrounding environment. When he was a Montgomery church, he always teaches his congregation that all people are the same.

The effort that Martin did to fight against racism is with peace. Not all negro people agreed with his method, but Martin believed that violence will lead to another bigger violence.

After he has been fighting constantly against racism, he died tragically on this hotel. He was shot by a stranger.

Although he has passed away, his spirit will always together with the people who have dream. Martin is right, people who see other people by his/her skin is a stupid.