Stephen Hawking is broadly known for sharing high-valuable insights into time, space and the nitty-gritty of theoretical physics. Despite this, he recently engaged into more emotional matter and shared the poignant message with those of us that suffer from depression. For the purpose of sharing the message, he used his poetic skills to compare depression to a black hole – regardless of how dark they seem to be, none of them is impossible to escape.
The speech was given in front of more than 400 people on 7th of January, 2016 as a part of the Reith lecture at the Royal Institute in London.

At the very beginning of his speech, Hawking stated: “The message of this lecture is that black holes are not as black as they are painted. They are not the eternal prisons they were once thought.“Things can get out of a black hole both on the outside and possibly to another universe. So if you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up – there’s a way out.”

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Initially, the lecture was scheduled for the last November, but it was postponed due to Hawkins’s health condition. Namely, he suffered from motor neuron disease for more than 53 years, even though back in 1963 he was told he had only 2 more years to live.
He talks about his experience in details in this lecture. For those of you that have access to BBC Radio 4, you’ll be able to hear the full lecture on January 26 and February 2 at 9 a.m.