Ideas are what power the world.
We had originally assumed power came from kings and gods. Then we thought it came from the brute force of our guns and empires. Later we believed it came through industrial wealth.
But in our times, we have grudgingly accepted that power is only truly unlocked by the idea.
Beginning with a thought, channeled and conceptualized, the idea is a creature that remains immortal and untainted long after its creators are dead and corrupted.
Many times it is the other way around as well. (Insert your favorite Hitler anecdote/story/quote here)
Ideas, like people, have variety.
Some are good and change our lives and perspectives. Some are bad, elitist or just plain silly. Some just help us pass the time when we couldn’t be bothered to do anything other than move our eyes and fingers. Barely.
Steve Jobs had at least one idea in all of these flavours. And that is the only reason why we should acknowledge his death as more than the demise of one person.
Someone (Lord Tempest, this means you, you insensitive brick) told me not to make a big deal about the death of Steve Jobs because he didn’t invent the computer or the MP3 player or the phone.
That is, technically, true.
But he missed the point. This is not about who took the first step, who took the better step or who stole the idea of stepping from whom. This is about where we should go once that step has been taken.
Steve Jobs should be given his due credit because his ideas shaped much of the technology we use. That fact is beyond dispute as modern technology is a pretty handy thing to have around.
Let me make that clear with an example -
The first caveman who banged some rocks together to make a fire – genius.
The human who figured out we should put it in a lamp with those fancy curvy glass things and sell it under a ‘decorate your home’ category – real genius!
However Steve Jobs was not the only one with such vision. So we don’t need the ridiculous amount of over-hyped, over-the-top emotions that the freaks are showing, just to get on the bandwagon.
(Side note: Lord Zalthor epically called them – the Facebook-Like Whores)
But he was a member of a very small group so some level of respect can be safely accorded.
He made us want things we never felt we needed until he said we needed it.
That, my friends, is a level of power (definitely iWant) that should neither be idolized nor be dismissed.
But it has to be acknowledged.
I do so here.
Thanks for the iPod Steve – I use it everyday when I travel to work.
That’s all folks.