Stephen Hawking and the end of the world

Hawking warned that humans have around 1,000 years to find a new place to live

Mashari Althaydi
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Given the increase in conflicts, the spread of diseases, the frequency of natural illnesses, climate change and global warming, many are saying that the demise of the human race is near.

Talk of the end of the world is not always related to mythology as cosmologists and others have also spoken out about the matter. One of the most significant cosmologists to recently speak about this was English theoretical physicist Stephan Hawking. Hawking warned that humans have around 1,000 years to find a new place to live.

Many believe Hawking’s statements and are convinced from a purely scientific perspective. Hollywood movies have oft addressed the end of the world while climate change and the threats of global warming are on the political agenda in many countries, including the US - most prominently by the likes of former presidential candidate Al Gore and Hollywood actor Leonardo Di Caprio.

However, what’s certain is that we intentionally and consciously create a corrupt and sick social, political and educational environment that produces murder and destruction and harms life on earth. We have, through our ignorance, madness and prejudice, created this environment.

For example, don’t the developments in Iraq and Syria harm people’s lives and children’s future and make life unpleasant? Hawking suggests that humans should find another planet to live on because if the situation continues as such, life will be impossible on earth in the near future.

He knows better, but what we know for a fact is that for people in Syria, Iraq and Libya, life is already impossible.

This article was first published in Asharq al-Awsat on November 18, 2016.


Saudi journalist Mshari Al Thaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Al Thaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists.


Disclaimer: Views expressed by writers in this section are their own and do not reflect Al Arabiya English's point-of-view.
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