Steve Jobs passing is a story you’ll be hearing a lot about over the next few days.
I’ve been doing some reading online regarding Jobs passing and some people, who obviously are obsessed with Apple, are mourning the man as though he were a member of their own family. One young twenty-something even said, “this is a dark day for America.” Are you serious?
Yes, Jobs was an immense talent, but I’m still not sure that his technological creations have truly added to the quality as much as the convenience of one’s life. Still, I feel bad for his family, but I’m not sure this is really a dark day for our country.
People forget that deaths are occurring every day and probably every hour if such a study were ever conducted. For some reason though, whenever societies “celebrities” of choice pass away, it becomes a public spectacle.
I think of my grandmother who’s 91 years old and failing. I look back at her life and remember all the joy she brought to so many people, especially to me, and wonder why someone as special as she is doesn’t deserve the same fanfare upon death? But then again she’s just an old lady I suppose who hasn’t really done anything to propagate technology. She just knows how to love her grandson and leave him with a treasure chest of memories.
Again, my condolences to Mr. Jobs family, for they are the only ones who should truly be grieving the loss at this time. Techies have nothing to worry about. I’m sure the company will find the next overpriced gizmo that everyone will want to have soon enough.
But learn something more from Jobs passing. That life is fragile and can be taken away from you at any time regardless of who you are and how much money you have. Maybe that realization will cause many of us to remember the “ordinary” people we’re still fortunate enough to have around.