(A younger Steve Jobs (1955-2011) in his living room.)
With the passing of Steve Jobs, the number of eulogies appearing on all sides is unprecedented for a CEO of a Silicon Valley business venture. Many of them are heartfelt, perhaps because so many of the writers touch, watch, listen to, and operate tools made by his company, that his death at age 56 seems a personal loss. Many people are unaware that Jobs was a vegetarian, and a Buddhist. A Zen Priest presided over Steve's wedding; his commencement address at Stanford discussed death in very Buddhistic terms, and his insistence on focus and simplicity express values of a meditator. For example, this quote from a -- BusinessWeek interview, May 1998
"That's been one of my mantras -- focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains."
I recall fondly my first computer, a Mac Classic, that I bought in 1989. It was a rectangular, friendly-looking beige box onto which I quickly installed Chinese language programs. I made it portable; I even lugged with me onto airplanes when I traveled.
I am not an artist; but if I were an editorial cartoonist, I would draw a scene of the heavens, with Steve Jobs in blue jeans and a turtle neck shirt, pitching a revolutionary product to a rapt audience of angels; while a benevolent-looking god in full lotus sits with Apple-branded headphones on and a gentle smile on his face.