As I wake up to the news of Stephen Hawking turning back to stardust, I am reminded of a quote about Einstein’s brain:
“I am somehow less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.”- Steven Jay Gould
Hawking was a passionate defender of the NHS, and also believed that automation should liberate the people not enrich those with capital. He was granted by technology a life longer than anyone thought possible for someone with his illness.
How many geniuses have we lost or overlooked because they weren’t granted the resources to thrive in our unequal society? How can this be right when scarcity of basic needs is entirely manufactured?
Stop being afraid of hearing your own voice. Your main purpose as a communist is to be an educator. So speak up and educate.
Practice public speaking.
Stop leaving your politics at the door whenever you enter public spaces.
Study theory, history, language, personal, and technical skills to help mold yourself into a better revolutionary.
Learn to be fearless in taking up responsibility.
Practice self discipline. Cut out needless distractions that take up too much time.
Link up with comrades across the web, organize, and dedicate yourselves to spreading communist thought on the internet superhighway.
Build the party. Serve the people. Lead the charge.
Support popular movements, domestic and foreign.
Don’t blindly fear failure. Failure is your greatest teacher. You pick yourself back up and try something different.
The butterflies in your stomach isn’t fear, it’s excitement and determination. It’s your body preparing itself for whatever obstacle you face. Never let a butterfly be the reason for your complacency.
Complacency is the enemy of study. You must be tireless in your learning and teaching.
Guard against conceit. You think your methods are better than the ones from a different ideology? Go outside and prove it.
Most importantly: the struggle will always continue. No matter what concessions are granted. No matter what small victories are won. No matter how more bearable a bad situation becomes. Struggle under capitalism and imperialism will continue to exist. It is your responsibility to recognize that struggle. Once recognized, participate. Once you participate, win.