Stephen Hawking’s cosmology, after all, blazed along the path that began with the Copernican revolution.
But, he goes on to say, since we can understand the universe, “this makes us special”.
On the other hand, a system of ethics, to have any force, must place persons (human and non-human) at its core.
So here it is, the Hawking answer to ennui.
The first moral lesson from the scholar of black holes, then, is to love and love outward, to care not from a sense of altruism but a deep desire to share.