October 5, 2011

RIP …

Filed under: General,Positivity — Tom @ 7:52 pm

Steve Jobs (extended biography here).

Very few people can say that they’ve left a universally recognizable, personal, and indelible mark on the entire world while on balance materially improving the human condition. While far from perfect, Steve Jobs was one of them. We could have used another 35 years like his last 35.

UPDATE: From an emailer –

His name describes his legacy….

He created millions of JOBS.
No JOB was too difficult.
It was his JOB to dream.
He made the JOB of living easier.
His JOB on Earth is complete.

Steve Jobs 1955-2011
God bless him.

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5 Comments

  1. This is worth the read. Go to link.

    http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=195525

    Comment by G — October 6, 2011 @ 11:33 am

  2. A Judeo-Christian based discussion on the topic already exists. It’s just a question of whether we heed its guidelines, or choose the statist route of deciding who does and doesn’t get treatment, and ultimately who lives and dies.

    Comment by TBlumer — October 6, 2011 @ 11:53 am

  3. Another worth the read

    http://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2011/10/in-memoriam-steve-jobs.html

    Comment by G — October 7, 2011 @ 8:42 am

  4. Valid points. I totally get that all the earthly accomplishments, no matter how impressive, and all the earthly praise, however deserved, won’t influence how his meeting with God goes. I’m just not in a position — nor is the author — to evaluate how that meeting went.

    Comment by TBlumer — October 7, 2011 @ 9:05 am

  5. Yes, Steve Jobs, R.I.P., was an innovating genius. But…

    http://insightscoop.typepad.com/2004/2011/10/yes-steve-jobs-rip-was-an-innovating-genius-but.html

    As everyone knows, Apple, Inc.’s co-founder and technological innovator Steve Jobs died last week; his funeral was this past Friday.

    I never, of course, met Steve Jobs and, truth be told, I rarely followed his comings and goings too closely, with a couple of exceptions, as when he was famously rehired by Apple in 1996 (after being fired by the company over a decade earlier). But, like so many others, my life has been affected and influenced by technology and tools (and toys) that he helped develop, create, and promote. I first worked on an Apple computer in 1985 as a sophomore in high school, and since then I’ve owned at least a dozen Macs; in fact, I’ve never owned any computer other than a Mac, and anytime I have to use a non-Mac (a rare event), I am reminded again of the ease and elegance of Apple products. And that, of course, includes iPods and iPhones, which are used daily in the Olson home.

    This post, for example, is being typed on a MacBook. In other words, my credentials as an Apple geek/devotee/brainwashed loyalist are fairly solid, if not spectacular or unique. But, then, the fact that iMac, iPods, iPads, iThis, and iThat are so widely used and are such a part of the landscape and roomscape of our lives is due, in significant part, to Jobs’ vision and drive. It’s not surprising at all that the death of this mercurial and complex man, who was in the prime of his life, has captured the attention of tens of millions. And so you can read, to take a couple of examples, these glowing, even rapturous, eulogistic words:

    The tragic death of Steve Jobs at 56 is the first event that has ever forced this hyperactive industry to sit still, pipe down, and think about what matters. Nearly everyone in the technology world is moved by his death, as we were all moved by his life. … Steve Jobs had a genius for seeing what was good and refining, repackaging and reselling it with dazzling panache. He knew what engineering was for, he understood elegance and he made machines that were works of art. We miss him already.

    And:

    Contrary to myth, he was never an engineering genius like, say, Steve Wozniak. But where his real talent lay — as a technology impresario — was of far greater importance, and infinitely rarer. As in the early days of Apple, Jobs by the turn of the new century was exhibiting almost perfect vision not just for what the marketplace wanted in new consumer products, but what it would want once it saw them. Here in Silicon Valley, we tend to throw around terms like “visionary” with abandon. But more than anyone in the Valley’s history, Steve Jobs deserved the title.

    And, finally:

    “It would not be overstating things to say that Steve Jobs is my generation’s Thomas Edison,” said Deacon Kandra, a blogger at Patheos.com. “As one observer put it, he knew what the world wanted before the world knew that it wanted it. If you have an iPhone or an iPad or an iPod, or anything remotely resembling them, you can thank Steve Jobs. If your world has been transformed by the ability to hear a symphony, send a letter, pay a bill, deposit a check, read a book and then buy theater tickets on something smaller than a cigarette case … you can thank Steve Jobs. And: You can thank Joanne Schiebel.” There have been 54 million abortions since Roe v. Wade in 1973. We will never know have many of these lost children were other Steve Jobs. …

    … We have an over-abundance of information today but there is not an over-abundance of wisdom to tell us how to use the information we have. Blessed are we to be disciples of a Master Who can show us and help us to live in genuine wisdom, act as people of virtue, and love with our whole heart, mind, and soul, both Him as well as our neighbor. Through the prayers of His most blessed Mother, whose birthday we continue to celebrate, may He save us both now and forever. Amen

    Comment by G — October 11, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

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