It would be an understatement to say that Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple who died last week at the age of 56, made an impact. No one has been more influential in the realm of personal technology than Jobs. Within minutes of his passing, Facebook and Twitter blazed with homages to Jobs. Words like innovator, leader, genius, and visionary were used to describe Jobs and his legacy.
While most remember Jobs for his technological prowess, fewer talked about Job’s spiritual beliefs. He was a Buddhist. CNN tackled the subject in a recent article. Consider the following segment:
“I believe life is an intelligent thing, that things aren’t random,” Jobs said in a 1997 interview with Time, providing a glimpse into his complicated belief system that extends well beyond the Buddhist teachings.
Karma is another principle of the religion, but it didn’t appear to be a system Jobs lived by. If he feared karma coming back to bite him, the sentiment wasn’t evident in his public statements about competitors and former colleagues, calling them “bozos” lacking taste. Those who worked for Jobs described him as a tyrant they feared meeting in an elevator.
“You’d be surprised how hard people work around here,” Jobs said in a 2004 interview with Businessweek. “They work nights and weekends, sometimes not seeing their families for a while. Sometimes people work through Christmas to make sure the tooling is just right at some factory in some corner of the world so our product comes out the best it can be.”
Some engineers who worked tirelessly on the original Mac emerged from the project estranged from their spouses and children.
In other words, Steve Jobs wasn’t perfect. He was guilty of hypocrisy. So am I. So are you. We all are.
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Is Jobs’ legacy flawed due to his apparent hypocrisy? How does the hypocrisy of others influence your view of religion? Sound off in the comments.