Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve and Michael and Janis and Jerry

Like everybody else, I’ve got Steve Jobs on my mind. The Onion posted a column calling him the “last guy in America who knew what the f**k he was doing,” someone on Facebook re-posted a long post from a blogger that outlined some of the more heinous decisions Steve Jobs made in his personal and professional life.

But, here’s what really got me – CNN called him a “master showman,” like Michael Jackson and Janis Joplin and Jerry Garcia. A master showman…we can claim Steve Jobs as one of ours, along with Michael and Janis and Jerry. Not one of them (and many others, these three just popped into my head) died without us all exclaiming “imagine if they’d lived,” What’s inspiring is that they lived as if they were unafraid, they didn’t do it for the money, they did it for the love and it lasted. They were all famously difficult personalities, and I always wonder about that – does it take that kind of personality to tell the truth? They didn’t just work harder or have better ideas or make better music, they were different, they made us see the light in ways that others who may have been smarter or better or nicer didn’t. They changed our lives with their huge and difficult personalities, they made it easier and more interesting to be human.


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