One week in this joint, and those monks would be praying for Thorazine.
"Universal love and acceptance" is a goal that's admirable, if not only artificially attainable. You can't interact with the world at large and love everyone around you, not without intentional or medicinal indifference. I don't see why that's held in such high esteem.
You don't have to possess any kind of special gift to reach this state, is my argument. It all boils down to choice. I think I indicated why - despite the fact anyone could
do it, that more people don't
, and that's because it's a somewhat looney and fallacious path (I'm being unduly harsh).
There's nothing remarkable about hiding away from the world so that you can claim to be in love with what little of it remains in front of you. There's lots that's remarkable about an invalid who can put unbelievably complex theories into terms that nearly anyone can understand. That's a gift. Things come naturally to Hawking that would take others a lifetime of wrangling to begin to grasp. People like that advance the human cause further and faster than those who live a life of seclusion in pursuit of what's ultimately an introverted mind-fuck of an existence, or who cannot parlay their 'enlightened state of being' into terms the rest of humanity can easily grasp and use to their benefit.
To a certain extent, this resembles the argument between natural science and applied science. Theory is great, but it's in the application
of what has been learned that the benefit lies.