Steve Jobs entry

I saw this from Baylyblog regarding Steve Jobs:

What particularly struck me was this from the transcript of the video of his graduation address:

If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.

Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

So there you have it. The force is with you. Trust it.

What really made this stand out was that I read it the same day I saw this book on display at my local Barnes & Noble: God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question–Why We Suffer.

For renowned Bible scholar Bart Ehrman, the question of why there is so much suffering in the world is more than a haunting thought. Ehrman’s inability to reconcile the claims of faith with the facts of real life led the former pastor of the Princeton Baptist Church to reject Christianity.

Here is the pseudo-intellectual shallowness of today’s culture: That Jobs’ evangelizing for the providence of “your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever” almost certainly appeals to the same people who think Ehrman’s claims make sense–that there is too much suffering in life to trust a person to take care of you.

One thought on “Steve Jobs entry

  1. COD

    I think Steve has been drinking his own kool-aid for too long. The idea that interesting typography would not have happened without him is laughable. Somebody else would have done it, probably within a year.


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