Nothing in life has any intrinsic value – any value that we think an object/person has is just perceived value. No matter how valuable object is lost, “the universe continues unabated”. This is one of “valuable” (pardon the pun) lessons I learnt when my father died.
I was in a completely different world surrounded by completely different people when I heard that Steve Jobs was dead. I deeply sighed and told someone sitting near me about the news. She asked me “Who’s Steve Jobs?”. I tried to explain how valuable his contributions are to the Software/Computer industry etc. But there was a clear indifference among the people who were paying attention to what I was talking. They clearly don’t see the value and they are right.
Anyway, so far the following is the most level headed response to Jobs’s death that I’ve seen so far among the overly-empathetic media and blogs/tweets.
“I don’t want to take anything away from the guy, he was brilliant and uncompromising and wonderful, but there’s a level of adulation that goes beyond what is merited,” said Tim O’Reilly, chief executive of the tech publisher O’Reilly Media. “There will be revolutions and revolutionaries to come.”
It will be interesting to see if Jobs’s “values” will be carried forward. Of course we’ll never see an exact replica of Steve Jobs, but I’m sure there are brighter minds and leaders to come from human race.