The initials used to connote the “Society of Jesus”, or the Jesuits.
Today they’re Steve Jobs’ initials, and maybe in this increasingly technological age, they might mean the “Society of Jobs”. But I think it’s still an occasion for scruples, examination.
Let’s take his own words, from the Stanford Commencement address in 2005:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.”
Profoundly spiritual remarks, yet also highly ironic.
By surrounding ourselves in Apple products, aren’t we collectively living his dream?
Not being trapped by dogma I interpret to mean being technically agnostic, and scrupulously aware of the false allure of technology. It dehumanizes and dissociates – not totally of course, but think of a world of folks online who are not relating, putting up a false personas, trolling, gaming, flaming, and not being in their bodies.
What kind of world is that? I don’t know. Nobody knows. We still have bodies and therefore emotions and a need to connect physically and to be real with each other.
It’s important to not be part of the grid, the collective mind, all the time. Yet that’s what his products and vision entice us to do. This isn’t blame; of course not.
IMO, it’s important to watch how much time we are online, gadgetized, instantly gratified. It’s important to realize how much of life can be wasted this way, just like hours in front of the television can do.
If I were ever a tech mogul like Jobs (yeah, right), I’d want a jesuit and a roshi at hand to keep grounded. And his own quotation above, staring back at me on my desk.