As messages of the grief and appreciationg being felt by so many of us that Steve Jobs has died, pour in on the news and Internet, we note that we, too, feel very sad.
Strangely, we also feel anger. It seems unjust to have such a talented, productive, creative, SOB be taken from the world by a stupid, disgusting disease so soon.
IFO has never used any products from Apple, but we feel as if we know the company and the people in it and how Steve Jobs affected them over the years. We admired him and we will miss him.
This reminds us of how angry we felt when Jackie Kennedy died. We didn’t know her either. Never read any of the books she wrote or edited. She was too young, too.
It’s partly the fault of the media. They cover these accomplished, beautiful people extensively. So, we feel as if we know them well.
Maybe they are a substitute for the saints we used to venerate, and for much the same reason – in a way, these people are better than we are. They have characteristics we wish we had. There is something very good about having excellent people to observe and perhaps emulate.
Thank you, Steve Jobs.