The Macalope’s going to keep this short because he’s not a eulogist, he’s not a poet, he’s just a pointy instrument for skewering silly pundits. His hooves can’t do someone like Steve Jobs justice.
No, this mythical beast was not blind to Steve’s flaws, but when someone lives a life writ so large, the footnotes are unimportant.
In his commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Stanford University, Jobs said “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
He never did. The man lived that sentence in ways the rest of us can only dream of. He was compared to Ford, Edison, Disney, P.T. Barnum, and worse. He was one of the greats of our time. Of course people would try to throw fruit at him.
Steve Jobs didn’t invent the Mac on his own. He didn’t invent the iPhone or the iPad on his own either. But none of them would have existed if it weren’t for him, and this world would be a smaller, duller, less beautiful place without them.
If you want to honor Steve, you might consider doing two things. First, give some money to your favorite cancer charity.
Second, go out and make something extraordinary.
That’s how his life touched ours. So don’t let that light go out.
“What a world it is, it goes on and on no matter who lives and who dies!” – Susan B. Anthony