Steve Jobs, RIP –UPDATED

What a piece of work is a man! How noble in
Reason! how infinite in faculties! in form and moving
how express and admirable! In action how like an Angel!
in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the
world! the paragon of animals! and yet to me, what is
this quintessence of dust? — Hamlet, Act II, Scene II

Well, we are stardust, finally. And what a force has passed, like a comet, through our era!

I confess, my geek husband and Elder Son appreciated his multi-layered genius much better than I ever could — I referred to him as “the guy who is making our lives look like Star Trek” — but even I am smart enough to know that Steve Jobs’ was a rare and exotic mind. I wonder if he is the last [publicly apolitical] capitalist we’re going to be permitted to admire for his creativity, his invention and his sheer genius?

Even though we all anticipated his death, at only 56 years of age, I wonder how many people tonight are finding the fact of it to be shocking, nevertheless. And whether that realization, that no matter how colossal, none of us escape death, will feel frightening or reassuring to us?

How did it make you feel? I think a lot of people are feeling the need to express themselves on his death — twitter is completely overloaded, and there is a #thankyousteve hashtag, and it’s very busy, indeed.

Learning of his death, all I can think of is Deacon Greg’s homily from last week, which discussed, oddly enough, the circumstances of Jobs’ birth:

In 1954, [Joanne Schiebel] was a young unmarried college student who discovered that she was pregnant. In the 1950s, her options were limited. She could have had an abortion – but the procedure was both dangerous and illegal. She could have gotten married, but she wasn’t ready and didn’t want to interrupt her education. Joanne opted, instead, to give birth to the baby and put it up for adoption.

And so it was that in 1955, a California couple named Paul and Clara Jobs adopted a baby boy, born out of wedlock, that they named Steven.

We know him today…as Steve Jobs.

It would not be overstating things to say that Steve Jobs is my generation’s Thomas Edison. 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 roughly the size of a credit card…you can thank Steve Jobs.

And: you can thank Joanne Schiebel.

If you want to know how much one life can matter, there is just one example.

But: imagine if that life had never happened.


Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord
, and let Your Perpetual Light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace, Amen.

UPDATE:
I’ll start a little round-up
until Insty gets on it, because you know he’ll have the most definitive. But I was moved by how really stricken Allahpundit is with the news:

I’m straining to find a cultural analogy for Jobs and am struck by the fact that I have to leave the business/tech fields entirely to do it. You can do it if you go back far enough — Henry Ford and Edison pop to mind, but … that’s awfully far. The obvious modern comparison is to Bill Gates, but that doesn’t work. Gates, like Jobs, is capital-I Important to the computer age, but in sort of the same way that ancient cave painters were important to the development of art. Jobs started out as a cave painter too but kept at it until he turned into Rembrandt. I think Lileks is close to the mark in comparing him to Walt Disney; my first thought when I heard the news was that only Steven Spielberg’s passing today would hit quite as hard.

He excerpts Jobs’ Commencement speech at Stanford a few years back, which you can watch here

The NY Times is asking folks to share an image on how Jobs’ life impacted yours

At Brutally Honest, Rick is a little aghast at all the mourning: “he wasn’t Ghandi”. True. I think one of the realities of New Media, though, is that all reactions seem like “outsized” reactions, simply because there is SO MUCH being shared, by SO MANY. In the 21st Century, perhaps, every “big” death gets the Princes Di treatment!

At NRO: Kevin Williamson on The Jobs Agenda:

I don’t know what Steve Jobs’s politics were, I don’t much care, and in any case they are beside the point. The late Mr. Jobs stood for something considerably better than politics. He stood for the model of the world that works.

From Mashable: 15 Inspirational Steve Jobs Quotes

More:
Forbes: Appreciation of a life
Millinerd: classically referenced
Ed Driscoll: Also rounding up!
Slublog at Ace
Gerard Vanderleun: with a poem
Brendan Loy: Some thoughts
Neil Diamond: good tweet

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • Mary

    Out of the depths I call to you, LORD; Lord, hear my cry!
    May your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
    If you, LORD, keep account of sins, Lord, who can stand?
    But with you is forgiveness and so you are revered.
    I wait for the LORD, my soul waits and I hope for his word.
    My soul looks for the Lord more than sentinels for daybreak.
    More than sentinels for daybreak, let Israel hope in the LORD,
    For with the LORD is mercy, with him is plenteous redemption,
    And he will redeem Israel from all its sins.

  • Francis

    I think this article illustrates why it’s good to count to 100 before you let your emotions take over your writing, and all rationality goes out the window. Breath in and out, and take it down a notch. Let’s not fall into the age-old auto-canonization trap. You did not know the man, and he did not know you. Calm down.

    [I'm quite calm, thanks. This is breaking news. I am a newshound. But thank you for telling me what to do with my blog. :-) -admin]

  • Linus

    I’m glad he got to live like all who are conceived should and I’m glad he had a materially successful life. Otherwise it doesn’t mean much to me since I’m not much impressed by all these gadgets we can live just as well without. I would have thought much more of him had he devoted himself to something more fruitful. But ” Resquiscat in pace. “

  • ricardo

    I admire his corporate courage and his vision. It would have been much better if we had some insight into his spiritual life but he has done a fantastic job at keeping his personal life very private. I hear bits and pieces that he was more into Buddhism and had a very pluralistic mindset, perhaps out of necessity. God rest his soul, I pray and hope Steve was properly disposed to meet the maker of the big Apple in the sky!

  • Suzi

    I was struck with genuine tears for a person I did not know. I too rememered the Deacon’s Bench homily and that is where my heart went. Grateful for his mother, his adoptive parents, and God’s brillance reflected in the creative mind of one man. May he rest in peace and his family live in peace knowing he no longer suffers.

  • Patricia Cornell

    I am delighted to see a true-life story of an adoption gone right! Adoption often has a bad conotation….women who choose abortion over adoption do so because they do not want their chlid subjected to being adopted by bad parents and suffer from it! Thank you Steve Jobs for being a great life!

    Patricia in St. Louis, MO

  • Seth

    I agree wholeheartedly with Deacon Greg’s comparison of Jobs to Edison. The man fundamentally changed FOUR industries (computers, music, movies, telephones) and created a fifth – the tablet. Brilliance comes in many forms, works in many ways, and is seen in many walks of life. Jobs was unequivocally brilliant.

    To think that his life might never have happened – wow. How many others who might have been…

  • Jim C

    I’ve read some fine tributes to Steve Jobs tonight and recall several times when his Apple products appeared just in time where I’ve worked and later at home. On one occasion several years ago I saw Steve in person as he walked past me during a computer conference reception at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

    Thinking about that tonight – a great thinker of the digital age walking in the midst of Henry Ford’s great collection of industrial age products – bridging the past and the future.

    RIP, Steve.

  • NancyP

    There are many things we can all learn from the life of this brilliant, driven man. Two of the most important, in my opinion: his insistence on “freedom from porn” for those who used Apple products – a place where families can take advantage of the best of technology without fearing exposure to the worst, and, second, his acknowledgment that death is something we all fear, face and experience, and that when we look Death in the eye, that is when we know what’s really important. In his words, “Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.” Don’t we all know this in our hearts? Why are we waiting to embrace the important, prepare for death and make things right with God? Steve Jobs, you have dreamed great dreams and made them real, fallen down only to rise to new heights, and taught us all to focus on family, love, big dreams, and the meaning of life. It is now our privilege to pray for your soul. May your soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

  • elmo

    How does his death make me feel? Well, quite honestly, I am not feeling much of anything personally, other than dazed at the many ways that a single man of such creative genius impacted my life with his products. He changed our culture, for sure. Whether that is good or bad I do not know (Apple as a corporation leaves a bad taste in my mouth).

    I am not sentimental over Steve Jobs’ passing. I prayed for his eternal soul, as I would for anyone else. But, emotionally, how can I be impacted much over the death of one man whom I do not know?

  • tempus fugit

    Computers got better and cheaper as time went by and Apple computers are the best.

    I always hoped that if the health care industry would be taken over, it would be by someone like Jobs – not the federal government.

  • Shellkaaa

    Thank you Steve … You were great man… You changed the world … Thanks … Russia mourns for Steve Jobs…

  • Mark L

    He was my age. When I compare what he got done during that time versus what I have gotten done . . . amazing.

  • mdt

    I am at a crossroads as to how I should approach the passing of Steve Jobs. God rest his soul and may he see the God’s Kingdom. However, has any one of Apples products been produced by someone making a fair wage? With God, can we live without the things he has created? Are we now so enamored by a 3 inch screen that we all open ourselves to forgetting God? The allure of technology is is gargantuan as is the chain of which we have tied ourselves to.

  • Klaire

    I was a big fan of Jobs, but the thing that stood out most to be about him was a few years ago when he answered an email to a customer (as he was often known to do), about why Flash wasn’t allowed on Apple iphones.

    Jobs said it was to make the downloading of pornography next to impossible, indicating that nothing can destroy a family and marriage faster than a husband addicted to porn.

    All said, I agree with the some of the others. His inventions were awesome, but it’ so easy to hero worship him for the wrong reasons. I can only say as an outsider, that it appears that he “used his gifts well.”

    As for how well he used his fortune or lived his life in the spiritual realm, that’s not ours to decide. I pray for his soul and thank God for the contribution that he made to my life. As one who never wanted a “smart phone”, he “got me.”

    All said, I do think his greatest legacy is “how much one life matters, don’t abort your unwanted kid.” God Bless the beautiful selfless women who knew that!

  • fiestamom

    The New York Times article is really good. I love this gem from the article. “When asked what market research went into the iPad, Mr. Jobs replied: “None. It’s not the consumers’ job to know what they want.”

    I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say he is on par with Edison or the Wright Brothers, he changed lives with his invention. The funny thing is, I don’t own any apple products. Except I subscribe to i-tunes.

    No auto-canonization here, just an appreciation for an American guy with ingenuity and a vision.

  • http://jscafenette.com/ Manny

    I happen to think my ipod is the greatest thing since sliced bread. May you rest in peace, Mr. Jobs. I thank you sir.

  • Matthew

    Does anyone happen to know his religious affiliation (if any)? I am honestly just curious.

  • Deacon Greg Kandra

    Matthew…

    He was Buddhist. His biological father was Muslim.

    Dcn. Greg Kandra
    “The Deacon’s Bench”

  • Terryl

    you are always there in my heart !!!!!!!
    love u steve and Thank you :’(

  • http://mediumandlight.blogspot.com Helen Lee

    Didn’t read all the comments- so I don’t know if anyone touched on this….

    But why are we asking what his religious beliefs were? His spirituality? Why does it matter if he was a self-identified Buddhist?

    God’s genius was reflected in the genius of this man. Through his God-given creativity, Steve Jobs constantly sought the horizon that is God, or as Jobs may have known Him, the Absolute. He said ‘Yes’ to God’s stirrings in his soul by constantly developing his intelligence and creativity. He used the graces of God to benefit human lives, and connect brothers and sisters in the human race from one end of the earth to another.

    Did y’all miss Vatican II? This is why we have anonymous Christianity, kids.

    Resquiscat in pace

  • Matthew

    Helen: Relax! I was HONESTLY just interested. I think no more or less of him having learned he was a Buddhist. I will pray for him the same. It realy was just a question out of curiousity.
    Matthew

  • conservativemama

    Given the circumstances of his birth, the fact that we may be lucky that he was born before Roe v. Wade, I cannot help but think that Divine guidance brought him to this world.

    We are all meant to be. That’s the lesson I take from this magnificent life.

  • http://www.advicegoddess.com Amy Alkon

    I found this from Francis above quite rude:

    Let’s not fall into the age-old auto-canonization trap. You did not know the man, and he did not know you. Calm down.

    People who ask others to “calm down” make that comment while intending them to become quite the contrary.

    I didn’t know Steve Jobs either, but I know that he changed many lives in a most fundamental way, including mine. I wrote him a letter when I first heard he was sick to tell him so. Macs have a great deal to do with my finding writing fun enough to become a writer (writing being a terribly painful process when you aren’t just typing). I even got my boyfriend of eight years at the Apple store. (He sometimes credits our relationship to “Steve Jobs’ retail strategy.”)

    This is a great loss to our society, and I wish he didn’t have to go through the terrible suffering that is a death by cancer.

  • Doc

    The question of whether Steve Jobs would have survived legal abortion can also be applied to the current resident of the White House.

  • CV

    For my first writing job, back in ancient times (the mid-1980s) we worked on Wang word processors.

    Anybody else remember those? They certainly beat typewriters and white-out, but we were still typing words on a dark screen.

    Then I went to my second writing job, in 1986, and a co-worker introduced me to a new invention called the Macintosh. She loved it and couldn’t stop raving about it.

    Fortunately my boss agreed that I needed one of my own. It was a revelation…the compact little computer sat neatly in the corner of my desk. Heck, you could even put it in a bag (albeit a bulky one) and carry it home! Better yet, the screen looked just like a sheet of white paper. And the mouse! Pure genius.

    Finally…a computer that was a pleasure to use, and seemed designed to meet the needs of the average, non-geek user like me.

    I was hooked and have been in love ever since. For design groupies (like me), every new Apple product was a thrill to look at and to use. As the years went by, though occasionally I could only afford to purchase and use a PC laptop (and only then after they started functioning like Macs) I still pined for a MacBook.

    Today I can’t imagine my life and home without iPods, iPad, etc.

    But even Jobs himself said, in a speech after his cancer diagnosis (a few years back), that it’s all just stuff. Having a child, having family and friends are what life is all about.

    Thanks for everything, Steve.

  • JC, OSF

    Mr. Jobs was a technincal innovator, a creative force in an industry of many creative people. He was successful with a handful of products.

    I’ ve worked in the high tech industry for more than 30 years now. Innovations are the heart of the industry.

    What stuns me is the amount of attention his death is getting out of the main street and social medias – it’s bordering on idolitry.

    Like you said Ms. Scalia, I referred to him as “the guy who is making our lives look like Star Trek” `- well, Steve Jobs was inspired by Star Trek, and he simply made Cpt. Kirk’s communicator a real thing and put it in our hands. No more.

    There are multitudes of researchers whom we will never know their names that create cures and solutions to our problems that will never get this kind of attention that have and will continue to impact our lives more than Mr. Jobs did. Let’s keep that in mind when are tempted to idolitrize someone.

    May he rest in Peace and granted ever lasting life at Judgement Day.

  • newton

    I might have learned to write a crummy term paper from an IBM computer, but I absolutely learned to create from a Mac.

    I don’t own a Mac today, but I own a first-generation iPod Nano, which I still use. And I can’t wait to get my hands on an iPad.

    Rest in Peace, Steve Jobs. Thanks.

    ***

    He was the “crazy one.”

    The misfit. The rebel. The troublemaker.

    The round peg in the square hole.

    One who saw things differently.

    He was not fond of rules

    and had no respect for the status quo.

    You might have quoted him,

    you might have disagreed with him,

    you might have glorified or vilified him,

    but the one thing you couldn’t do was to ignore him,

    because he changed things,

    he pushed the human race forward.

    And while some may still see him as a “crazy one”,

    we saw genius,

    because the people who are crazy enough

    to think they can change the world,

    are the ones who do.

    (Just did it this morning.)

  • firstHat

    I have a picture on my work desktop (only recently a Mac). It is of my 90 year old Dad during his stay in a trauma unit this summer after he broke his neck. It was taken the first day he was allowed to sit up in a chair. He is holding my iPad (required for my work) and smiling while listening to the voice of his own long-gone father singing songs from his childhood (recordings ripped from very old vinyl and emailed to me by my nephew). Never did the miracle of this (and past) technology strike me as strongly as it did that day.

    Though I am a tech head and though I’ve always admired Jobs’ tenacity and vision, I’ve never been enamored of the portable devices and always felt Apple was a bit too snobbish for me. I preferred the nitty gritty of digging around text screens and, yes I confess, probably enjoyed the (snobbish) satisfaction that I understood stuff others didn’t.

    But those long days and nights spent stuck in the trauma unit (yet able to send email, research rehab facilities, watch movies to stay awake and play old Bob Newhart episodes for my Dad) made me truly appreciate these little devices and yes, I became a very late comer to the hoards of Jobs admirers.

    Thanks Steve for facilitating my sanity during those long grueling weeks. You’ll never know what a difference you made in a few little lives so far away from yours.

  • roystgnr

    As best as I can tell, we’re permitted to admire the tiny minority of capitalists who sell luxury consumer items to the middle class (preferably to upper middle class pundits, who will then spread their admiration). If you got rich by selling non-luxury items, then you must have been exploiting people (see: health insurance companies, banks offering mortgages). If you got rich by selling to the upper class, then you’re just taking a share of their ill-gotten gains (obviously ill-gotten, since most of them didn’t get rich by selling luxury consumer items to the middle class!). Finally, if you got rich by some means other than selling consumer items, then it’s not obvious where your money comes from (B2B? is that a bed and breakfast?) and so it must be ill-gotten. That latter *really* scares people. At least people knew that if they hated Jobs they could stop buying Apple, but people who don’t understand how [bankers/traders/executives/etc] make money assume that their own money is being stolen somehow and don’t know how to stop it!

  • Toyless

    “RIP” indeed but..

    I find that the outpouring re. Jobs on
    Catholic blogs such as this one
    is Just Plain Weird.

    Absent a few random bits such as his
    unusual moral fiber in refusing to
    further enable the traffic
    in pornography, I find that the only relevance
    to a Catholic blog would be that he built
    the blogger’s favorite toys.

    Given the story’s almost complete lack of
    congruence with Catholicism in general,
    I’m hoping that the bloggers in question
    emote no less when
    the Dalai Lama passes on.

    [I don't "emote" -- I tell the story, share my thoughts and link to other relevant material. I tell you, I'm just loving these posts by Catholics and others telling me what I should or should not post on, and projecting their beliefs about why I am or am not writing about something. I only own one Apple product, and that was a gift; I am not loaded down with Jobs' "toys," and so his passing has nothing to do with me, personally or materially. His passing is huge news because he was an original and an innovator, and since I am a newshound, I post on it. YOU may not think it's much news, and that's an opinion you're certainly entitled to. I'm not sure why, since you don't think it belongs on a Catholic blog, I am supposed to think similarly. Quite amazing, to me. Is my interest in other human beings supposed to stop at the church door? That's nothing like the Catholicism I know. -admin]

  • Dylan

    May he rest in peace, certainly. But let’s not forget the man was SELLING ipods, etc. not giving them away. My goodness, it sounds as if Jobs was a philanthropist throwing out ipads to the poor, huddled masses! The Apple way is to sell you a device so that they could sell you other stuff through the device. Let’s not get all misty-eyed over a really successful man who wanted to enslave the world to Apple Inc.
    Let us mourn the man certainly, but lets be realistic about what he was all about – money and market domination.

    [I don't mind innovators selling stuff to us. That creates jobs. I am thankful every day for the capitalist who invented the flushing commode. I didn't mind paying for mine. It is becoming fashionable, I guess to demonize people who make profits -- only us proles are noble, I guess -- but let's not forget that the rich have their place in the pageant of salvation. It took the rich and influential Joseph of Aramathea to gain access to Pilate and have Jesus removed from the cross. -admin]

  • Constitution First

    Idiot Wall Street Protestors, you’ve officially been put “on-notice.”

  • alittlesense

    I am saddened by Steve Jobs death, especially as a comparatively young age, but some of the encomiums here are rather misdirected.

    I doubt that Jobs would not permit Flash to be used on Apple products just to keep out porn. If you know something of the history of Apple, you know that he had issues with “other companies” products on Apple products. Most of the Apple products were pretty tightly closed. He never countenanced hardware additions, and in the early days of Apple, did not like software packages either. He thought that Apple users should write their own programs, because doing it was so fascinating to him.

    There was a point where other companies made systems that would run Apple operating systems. The company squashed that quickly, not wanting to become mongrelized like those awful suits at IBM. Jobs had a pretty large ego, which got him in trouble at times, and caused him to make some really bad business decisions.

    And let’s not forget that the actual engineering of the first Apple computers was done chiefly by his partner, Steve Wozniak.

    Also, anyone who knows anything about Flash should know that there are many things to be done with Flash besides screen Flash movies, of any rating, on a PC. Entire software packages are written using other Adobe products derived from Flash (Adobe Flex comes to mind).

    So let us mourn his death, acknoweldge his brilliance, but let’s not turn him into some sort of crusading saint.

  • http://mediumandlight.blogspot.com Helen Lee

    Sorry Matthew, I wasn’t really referring to you. I was taking issue with people (on this site and elsewhere) who say things like “I hope his soul was in the right place” or “i hope he accepted Jesus as his savior” or even just the seemingly benign “yeah, but… what did he believe?”. I had stumbled upon a Christian publication that more or less ruled out Jobs importance because of the fact that he was Buddhist.

  • Doc

    Dylan, wait, Jobs was going to enslave the world? I thought that was Bill Gates’ role. This is so confusing.

  • http://www.nanoosa.com/ Mike W.

    Best commencement speech ever (Stanford 2005 – Look it up on Youtube). Watch it every couple of months for inspiration. Remembering him as the person he was, not for his accomplishments (iPhone, Ipad, etc.). Great man, great inspiration. “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish”.
    Mike W

  • lethargic

    I am struck by the cult hero worship. He was an unusually creative man, but just a man. He would have been nothing without Woz, but where’s the hoopla over Woz? Woz, too, is just a man.

    So far, I have not felt the need to purchase anything at all with the Apple logo on it.

    Yeah, send up a prayer for the man’s soul, but let’s stop all this cultish worshipy guk, folks.

  • TXRed

    I was surprised to find myself tearing up this morning when I saw Jobs’s picture on the Apple site. Why? No idea, except perhaps out of a sense that someone I greatly respected had passed from this world to wherever G-d takes him. Perhaps too because I grew up along with Apple computers, from the Apple IIe my father brought home to the five Macs currently present. He made using computers possible for folks who do not enjoy tinkering or working with computers, something that was a very big deal when the Mac series first appeared. And I admired his creativity and his desire for privacy.

    With others here, the over-coverage in the media bothers me. He was a man like all others, perhaps better than some, perhaps worse than some, but still a fail-able mortal. I pray that G-d will be with his family in their time of grief and that his soul may find the mercy that we all need.

  • Billiamo

    We mourn people like Steve Jobs because they come to be more than the sum of their achievements; they come to embody the era. And what an era! When I think of the changes in my own life since 1995, when I first logged on . . .

  • Observer

    The Song of the Many (The Third prose) of Chesterton seems appropriate to Jobs life.

  • Stagnation

    Thomas Edison? Huh? What did jobs “invent” Nothing really, took exisiting techonology and made it better. He didn’t invent MP3 players, he made the IPOD a better version than anything on the market.

    Our lives look like Star Trek? WTF? Apple laptops, Iphones and Ipods are like hurling through space how>

    I guess this is the reaction when you drink the Kool Aid and join the cult

    He was smart business man and very clever at marketing but he could not hold a light buld (pun intended) to Thomas Edison……….

  • Toyless

    When I say that I find Catholic bloggers
    (and commenters)
    fascination with a topic “weird”, and
    thereby generate a strident response that
    accuses me of trying to tell them
    “what they can and can’t post on”,
    it seems that my point has
    been made for me.

    [Not sure I agree, given as I was more amused than angry, and more "flippant" than "strident." -admin]

  • jkm

    I think some of the need to acknowledge the impact of Steve Jobs’ life comes precisely from the complexity of it, the contradictions and ironies. He was a Buddhist capitalist, who eliminated corporate philanthropy on his return as Apple CEO because it interfered with the rebuilding of the company’s profit margin. The product lines (and what’s more important, the corporate ethos) he embodied were embraced by the creative class even as they contributed to the globalization of markets that the same creative class protests in the streets today. We are commenting, I think, not so much because we idolize or demonize him, but because his life is a reminder of the rich layers of every human life that resist such reductionism. As Shakespeare said so well in the passage from Hamlet that Elizabeth chose as her epigraph: “What a piece of work is a man!” ANY man (or woman), though this one happens to be a particularly quintessential—and newsworthy—quintessence of dust.

    And that leads me to provide John Donne’s answer to #10 elmo’s question: “emotionally, how can I be impacted much over the death of one man whom I do not know?” Because, Donne wrote,
    “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

  • Anglican Peggy

    How many geniuses like Jobs have been aborted? How many great leaders? How many others who would have made the world a better place for someone.

    So depressing.

    Praise God for all the mothers who let their babies live.

  • Hieronymus

    De mortuis nil nisi bene but we should remember that Steve Jobs has yielded to the pressure of homosexual activists and removed the Manhattan Declaration app. He probably was a good man but he wasn’t on the side of Christianity…

  • Doc Merlin

    They are right. He was no Ghandi. He was bigger than Ghandi. Launching the computer revolution impacted so many more people’s lives positively than Ghandi did.

  • Raushan Kumar

    I Think, He has Done all The Thing, Whatever He Needs To Do In His Life.
    He Was The Personality Which I Like Most. So I Will Miss U Mr. Jobs!!!!!!!!!

  • http://drawntocatholicism.com Owen

    Elizabeth, I drew my thoughts in a small tribute drawing. http://bit.ly/rkfA70 It’s on my G+ and seems to have gone minorly viral. My drawing implies nothing but the will to pray for a soul and for those left behind who morn him.

  • richard40

    I agree that Jobs is the modern equavalent to Edison, having made revolutionary inventions in disparate fields. As for Gates, I think his equavalent would be Henry Ford. Neither of them really made big inventions themselves, but they brought together others inventions, and systemicised their production so they were reliable and affordable by the common man.

    Another possible modern equivalent to Jobs might be George Lucas. He invented modern movie special effects with Industrial Light and Magic, and also helped start Pixar before he turned it over to Jobs.

    There are also many modern small scale versions of Jobs, like the people trying to make private space travel possible, or people in biotech or nanotech, although none of them quite compare with Jobs because they generallly only invent in one field. They would be closer to Alexander Graham Bell, making a single great invention in one field.

    Note that for all the modern hatred of Wall Street, Jobs could not have succeeded without venture capital, and venture capital could not succeed without Wall Street.