Steve Jobs: Guru of Entitlement?

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Posted October 9, 2011 by Jimmy Fowler in Blotch

After Steve Jobs’ untimely death last week, his 2005 Stanford commencement address was replayed across social and traditional media. Parts of the speech were wonderful, including his advice to live with an awareness that life is finite and change is inevitable. But other parts felt like flashy commercial slogans promoting entitlement to nonstop stimulation – which, coincidentally or not, is offered by Apple’s iDevices.

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” “Don’t settle.” “There is no reason not to follow your heart.” “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.” “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” “Stay foolish.”

None of this is wrong per se, but it does ignore some basic facts of life: People can spend a long time doing what they don’t love, only to figure out later that it was still worthwhile. Life involves degrees of compromise, so sometimes you should settle. Following your heart exclusively can get you into trouble. You can learn a lot from other people’s noisy, obnoxious opinions. Staying foolish sometimes just means you’re a fool.

All that “follow your heart” rhetoric does, however, sell the idea that life should be one endlessly satisfying ride. And how better to achieve that than with a constant, personally selected stream of images, sounds, and info available via shiny little Apple devices. You deserve it, Mr. and Ms. Tech Consumer!

All I’m sayin’ is: Let’s stop and consider both the bad and the good of Jobs’ enormous legacy.


4 Comments


  1.  
    Sam

    “People can spend a long time doing what they don’t love, only to figure out later that it was still worthwhile.”

    “Life involves degrees of compromise, so sometimes you should settle.”

    “Following your inner voice exclusively can get you into trouble. You can learn a lot from other people’s noisy, obnoxious opinions.”

    “Staying foolish sometimes just means you’re a fool.”

    Well done, Mr. Fowler! Every single sentence in this paragraph is great advice if you want to live a very unfulfilling life! For the readers who realize that you only live once, and you should make the most of it, just do the opposite of everything Jimmy writes!




  2.  
    Wedchild

    Gesundheit




  3.  

    Great Leader and Innovator, he will be missed.





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