I’ll be honest, I don’t know an awful lot about Stephen Hawking. I know that he was an incredibly intelligent man with a capacity for knowledge, analysis, understanding and comprehending the world and the universe that most people will never come close to. I know that he never allowed himself to be defined by his disability, and overcame physical limitations to be able to share his incredible brain power.
But, in the wake of his recent death, these are the things about Stephen Hawking that resonated and will stay with me.
This. Always this. Never stop learning, questioning, reading and wanting to know more.
If one of the most intelligent men of our time can understand the need for assisted dying, and the need for the taboo and secrecy behind it to stop, then why can’t our government?
I would suggest that they adhere to the first quote and read more about the process, the people involved, public opinion, and the heartache of individuals and families denied the right to choose death instead of prolonged terminal suffering.
Read more about why I support UK charity Dignity in Dying and a change in the assisted dying law here.
Thanks, as always, for reading. x