Friday, October 7, 2011

iSad, iMourn

Steve Jobs 1955-2011
Design: Jonathan Mak, 19, of HK
Steve Jobs, visionary extraordinaire, has left, leaving behind his legions of fans to mourn his passing on Wednesday 5 Oct 2011.

The media will be going into overdrive fleshing out all the details and stories of this intensely private man whom US President Obama calls 'one of the greatest American innovators". So rather than rehash what is in the print and electronic media, I would like to share (again) this YouTube video of Steve Jobs' commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005, and let the man speak to you directly.

In the video, Steve Jobs talks about life and death. Here's part of the transcript that is a timely reminder to all baby boomers of how transient life is. We must not waste the rest of our lives, but have the courage to pursue our dreams.

"No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
Every time we use our iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad, and that's just about every day, we will remember you, Steve, and thank you for making our world of technology a much more beautiful and better place to work and play in.

May you rest in peace.

1 comment:

Pak Idrus said...

A genius of our time. Because of his thinking outside the box we now have all the the communication gadgets like the iPod, the iPhone and now the iPad.

Thanks to him the iPad allows us to surf the net with ease. Anyone using the iPad knows that the technology it uses is so advance, putting the Laptop to shame.

I believe He would be remembered as one of the greatest Thinker and Innovator of our times.

Have a nice day.