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Random thoughts on Steve Jobs’ Passing

October 6, 2011

The inter-webs are certainly full of tributes to Steve Jobs. I am certain there are a great many posts written from a more negative perspective as well. I will try to avoid both extremes. Personally, my opinions have covered the spectrum. I have strongly desired to make the move to a Mac, unable to afford it. Alternately, I have held (and shared) some pretty negative thoughts about Apple and its products. The truth is, no one can deny the beauty and innovation they have pioneered.

There are lots of visionaries with great ideas who have no idea how to make it happen. There are lots of incredibly brilliant minds who have to follow someone else’s creative lead because they have never had an original idea of their own. Steve Jobs possessed that incredibly rare blend of creativity and ingenuity, and apparently he possessed it in spades.

Johannes Gutenberg brought books to the masses with his printing innovations. Henry Ford brought the automobile to the masses with his innovations in the early days of the automobile industry. Jobs had a similar impact on the technology sector. I don’t say this to diminish his impact, but none of these men were the only ones working in their particular field. Was it simply a matter of time before someone would made these innovations?

Let us not forget among all the mourning about the end of a technological era that Jobs professed to be Buddhist. Apparently, he never made any type of profession of faith in Christ or anything other than himself. Steve Jobs value did not lie in his intelligence or his creativity. His value as a person is due to the fact he was created in the image of a God who created him. When all is said and done, another soul has slipped into eternity without a relationship with that God. It is very sobering that all his accomplishments and brilliance will not change that. Any sadness we feel about the passing of Jobs should be rooted primarily in that fact.

When Jobs stepped down from his role at Apple a couple of months ago, a number of Christian writers, especially bloggers, wrote about what Christian leaders can learn from Jobs, singing his praises. We can learn a number of things, unfortunately a good many of them are negative lessons. Apparently, Jobs was incredibly private. Those he should have been accountable to did not know about how poor his health had become. Employees were reportedly afraid of his temper. These are not traits of leadership.

The innovations Jobs and his company produced are prevalent in the computing and entertainment worlds. We readily think of the way the iPod replaced the portable CD player and radio and led to other companies producing their own audio devices. The same is true of the touch-screen tablet computer. Believe it or not, not everyone uses these items. Everyone who uses a computer uses a mouse, another Jobs innovation.

Just because I am not a big fan doesn’t mean I can’t be compassionate toward his family. The Phelps family from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas (these are the “God hates …” people who picket American soldiers’ funerals and just about everything else) are planning to picket Steve Jobs funeral. This is wrong. I don’t know how else to say it. This is wrong. On a side note, @MargiePhelps sent that update out via Twitter for iPhone. Ironic, no?

A few short thoughts I heard (or saw on Twitter) about the passing of Steve Jobs:

  • Steve Jobs has passed on to that great iCloud in the sky.

  • If there is not a heaven, Steve Jobs will invent one.

  • Dear Steve, without you Apple is just a…….fruit.

  • You helped introduce Angry Birds to the world, along with an excessive lack of productivity at work from playing it.

  • Made lots of people with no tribal allegiances band together to support one company’s products because they were white & shiny.

  • 3 Apples changed the world: the one Eve ate, the one that fell on Newton’s head & the one that Steve built.

  • We all lost our Jobs, and for once we can’t blame the recession.

Feel free to share your thoughts about Steve Jobs, Apple, or their products below.

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