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A Sister’s Eulogy for Steve Jobs

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What did Steve Jobs's last words mean? He had been a diligent, though imperfect, Zen Buddhist.

 

(Mona Simpson was Steve Jobs's sister. Both had been adopted by different families and didn't meet until they were adults.)

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/30/opinion/mona-simpsons-eulogy-for-steve-jobs.html?_r=2&emc=eta1&pagewanted=all


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summer

Oh wow!


 

 

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Altostrata

Well, he was a child of his times.


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Brandy

I appreciate so very much being made aware of this beautiful article.

 

No tissue needed on my part, but it was both very welcome and very needed.

 

Thank you.


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Crocus

This was a thing of beauty to read. I miss that guy.


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Shanti

Very nice article.


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summer

Well, he was a child of his times.

 

I hope you didn't take my, "oh wow" as being sarcastic! It's the last thing he said before he passed, as can be read at the end of the article.


 

 

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Altostrata

Like any good Zen koan, his last words can be read and reacted to any number of ways.

 

To me, he was using words that he used all the time to express the ineffable. He was about to go into the unknown, he'd spent years meditating on emptiness and here it was.

 

Or, maybe he was thinking of how he'd filled his life with love for his family, and he was so grateful for the glory of that.


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Shanti

Like any good Zen koan, his last words can be read and reacted to any number of ways.

 

To me, he was using words that he used all the time to express the ineffable. He was about to go into the unknown, he'd spent years meditating on emptiness and here it was.

 

Or, maybe he was thinking of how he'd filled his life with love for his family, and he was so grateful for the glory of that.

 

It reminded me of Sam Kinestons dying words. First he kept say "why now?" over and over, then he got a look of peace on his face, and said "Oh, okay" three times, then he died. Same thing happened when my uncle passed. He was struggling and then suddenly got very peaceful, then he passed. I think they see something, or are told something. Goes with a lot of Near Death stories I've read, and it's comforting.


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SaveMooses

That was awesome and inspirational. Wish he was still around to continue to wow us all.... what a great example of a human life.


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alexjuice

I don't know that much about Jobs other than what a fairly well informed person would know about a prominent individual. I was thinking of reading the isaacson book.

 

Has anyone read it?


"Well my ship's been split to splinters and it's sinking fast
I'm drowning in the poison, got no future, got no past
But my heart is not weary, it's light and it's free
I've got nothing but affection for all those who sailed with me.

Everybody's moving, if they ain't already there
Everybody's got to move somewhere
Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow
Things should start to get interesting right about now."

- Zimmerman

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Altostrata

I read it and found it interesting, although the psychological analysis was annoying. But I was always a Jobs fan and lived through the Apple era from the beginning.

 

I still miss Steve Jobs. He protected the consumer from crap. I'm afraid Apple will start producing overpriced junk now, just like everyone else.


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alexjuice

Who is providing the psycho-analysis? The author?

 

From what I know about him, I find Jobs pretty admirable. Maybe I will look for the book at the Half Priced Book Store.

 

Alex


"Well my ship's been split to splinters and it's sinking fast
I'm drowning in the poison, got no future, got no past
But my heart is not weary, it's light and it's free
I've got nothing but affection for all those who sailed with me.

Everybody's moving, if they ain't already there
Everybody's got to move somewhere
Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow
Things should start to get interesting right about now."

- Zimmerman

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meistersinger

<br />I read it and found it interesting, although the psychological analysis was annoying. But I was always a Jobs fan and lived through the Apple era from the beginning.<br /><br />I still miss Steve Jobs. He protected the consumer from crap. I'm afraid Apple will start producing overpriced junk now, just like everyone else.<br />

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having worked for one of Apple's contractors in Baltimore, as well as an Apple VAR back in the late'80, Jobs was pretty much like Larry Ellison of Oracle, minus the extremely bad attitude Larry has. If there was a genius, it was Woz. Jobs genius was he could sell snake oil better than any pharmaceutical rep, including the only cousin I get along with (and he was a farmboy from the north side of the Mason-Dixon line).


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1995--Effexor--Quit per my GP

1996--Amitriphene--Quit CT when changed GP

2005--Citalopram and BusPar. Prescribed when I decompensated in my GP's office. GP referred me to behavior health. Psychiatrist prescibed these drugs. Taken off citalopram in 2011 due to FDA warning. Quit Buspar during transition to viibryd.

Viibryd--2011 to present. Had a severe reaction in March 2012. Advised both GP and Psychiatrist I was trying to get off these drugs.

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