Yeah, I know there are countless posts on him today. Indulge me.
1. Condolences to his family and friends. He appeared to be a genuinely sincere family guy (once he finally acknowledged the out-of-wedlock daughter).
2. He was adopted. His father wanted to keep him but his biological mother’s father was against the relationship. He was very, very lucky not to have been aborted. Fortunately for him he was conceived well before Roe v Wade.
The abortion would have been just as tragic if he hadn’t become famous, of course.
Here is the story as Steve Jobs told it in a commencement address at Stanford University in June 2005. His birth mother, he said, “felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” They said: “Of course.” My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.”
3. I can’t help but think of how many people eulogizing him are part of the anti-capitalism crowd. How ironic. He is the poster-boy for capitalism and will be a legend for decades, if not centuries. His energy, ideas and competitive nature created products that benefit nearly all of us. The government could never invent the Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, etc.
4. He is now where he’ll spend the rest of eternity. I don’t know where he is, I just know that at least until recently he claimed to be Buddhist. If he didn’t change his beliefs then this spectacularly powerful, rich and famous man will spend eternity in Hell paying for his sins. If he did repent and believe, then he’ll be with his creator and Savior in Heaven for eternity. The same goes for the other ~150,000 people who died yesterday.
One site had typical God-related comments such as “RIP — A help to God in heaven.” I realize that there is a lot of sloppy religious talk when people die, but it is interesting to see how people seem so confident in their universalism (i.e., everyone except Hitler goes to Heaven). One commenter (not me) merely asked if Jobs was right with God, without noting a specific religion, and it was quickly deleted.