The Greatest Heroes Of Stephen Hawking

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“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change”(BrainyQuote) This is a quote from the famous Stephen Hawking, which shows that intelligence is not measured by how much you know, but rather by what you do with what you know. Stephen Hawking has continually showed the many characteristics of a hero through his life, even while fighting with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Stephen Hawking grew up in England and was diagnosed with ALS at a very young age. However, he did not let this stop him from shaking the foundations of science forever. Stephen Hawking is considered one of the greatest heroes in science due to his perseverance and courage in relation to his medical handicap and the lack of information on his field.
A hero is someone who makes the choice to do what others lack the strength to do, who has courage like no others, who puts others needs before theirs, and someone who does this without the thought of external gain. A true hero is someone who shows “a concern for other people in need… knowing there is a personal risk” (Zimbardo). The core qualities at the center of any hero are persistence, courage, and selflessness. Courage is defined as the mindset that enables a person to face danger without fear, while selflessness is prescribed as the ability to put other’s needs before yours. The most important quality of a hero is persistence and is described
Thompson 2 as the continuance on the journey towards a goal or action in spite of difficulty or opposition. Keeping…

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