Steve Jobs, R.I.P.

Not long ago I wrote an article about how Steve Jobs and Apple had transformed the way in which we communicate and the debt we all owe in consequence, especially the Church. Today’s homepage on Apple’s web site demonstrates what is good about Apple products: it’s simple, stylish and extremely effective. If only all Church communication were equally so.

Steve Jobs was a showman, with a flair for knowing what people wanted and would buy. He was also autocratic, apparently not easy to work with. But among the many tributes to him pouring across the web, I like this reminder of the other side of Jobs, the man who had looked into the face of death and was not afraid:

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. 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.
Steve Jobs, 2005.

Requiescat in pace.

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4 thoughts on “Steve Jobs, R.I.P.”

  1. “Steve Jobs was a showman, with a flair for knowing what people wanted and would buy. He was also autocratic, apparently not easy to work with. ”

    A bit like some priest bloggers I know!

  2. Thank you recalling one of the many wonderful citation of Jobs, one of the men who had the ability to see where other were blind ….
    It sounds familiar to what I hear every Ash Wednesday, and forget every time ….

  3. Thank you for your comments. I couldn’t possibly comment on priest bloggers, could I, Fr Eamonn?! I think we have a lot to learn from awkward geniuses like Jobs, but for now our prayers must be for him and his family.

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