If Stephen Hawking Said It, It Must Be True, Right???
So Professor Stephen Hawking has a message for anyone who has suffered depression. Ain’t that nice? He likens depression to black holes and reminds us to look at things around us to see the beauty of it all, and to wonder about the creation of the universe. That’s nice too. Thanks Steve. I appreciate the gesture. Thing is, I’d warrant any depression you’re likely to have suffered has had a lot to do with your physical state, not a bad mix of chemicals in your brain, over which you have no control.
This leads us to one tiny problem. It’s the same goddamn message I’ve heard for years from people who don’t get it. “You’ll get over it,” “It’s all in your head,” and my personal favourite (that it came from good Hawkes, only makes it that much more special, “Look on the bright side.”
Umm, no. When you’re in a black hole of depression, (which, by the way Prof says, can be escaped from – and yes, I know that’s bad grammar – ), you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel and it is impossible to look around to see the beauty of everything et cetera, BECAUSE YOU’RE IN A FUCKING PITCH BLACK BLACK HOLE!
There. Rant over. Move along. Move along.