Monday, October 17, 2011

America's greatest business genius was an Arab-American liberal hippie Buddhist. So there.

"I doubt Bill Gates, for example, ever listened to Dark Side of The Moon with the headphones on–though I love the image. But a single minded-focus on programming may have helped them imitate, but not create."

I have been a Mac person since the mid 1980s when I became a research assistant for a Chemistry professor who is a Mac person. Gods bless her! For a few years I admit that I wandered in the wilderness of Windows, but then Steve Jobs returned to Apple and so did I. Gods bless him. Now Steve Jobs has left Apple for good.

I would think of Steve Jobs as a genius of historical proportions even if it did not turn out that he and I happened to agree about stuff like global warming and Buddhism. I know plenty of idiots and assholes who are environmentalists and Buddhists, and I know conservative Republican Christians who are good, decent, intelligent human beings.

But for whatever it might be worth, Steve Jobs was, as a matter of fact, an Arab-American, a liberal hippie, and a Buddhist.

The life and times of Steve Jobs’ Syrian father

Steve Jobs' Liberal Hippie Education

Apple Quits Chamber Of Commerce Over Global Warming

His mantra was focus and simplicity

Steve Jobs: Arab-American, Buddhist, Psychedelic Drug User, and Capitalist World-Changer

Steve Jobs was a Buddhist

The Zen of Steve Jobs


Raima said...

Ah, how heartening to see that you are giving me credit for leading you away from the dark side and showing you the light of the Mac. :)

I have to admit that I was a PC person before I was a Mac person. But to be totally truthful, I was a mainframe person before that!

At any rate...I am thankful for the life of Steve Jobs, for many reasons. And thank you for a great post!

Apuleius Platonicus said...

I like to give credit where credit is due!