Whether or not you knew Steve Jobs, you can’t help but feel a sense of loss for the entire country. Why? He represents that part of America—the entrepreneur, the risk taker, the spirit—that so many on the Left want to replace or destroy.
In his 2005 Stanford Commencement Address, Steve Jobs discussed his views on life and death, akin to what author Walker Percy had written about decades ago. Steve said,
“If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.”
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon,” he continued, “is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life, because almost everything—all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarassment or failure—these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
Edwin J. Feulner, President of The Heritage Foundation, wrote today in his Morning Bell, “. . . his life proved the existence of the American Dream. As anyone who’s Googled something in her iPad and then Tweeted about it will tell you, Steve Jobs and those like him symbolize American Exceptionalism every day.”
Here is the beginning of his Morning Bell blog post:
“Steve Jobs, who died yesterday at the too-young age of 56, was a living refutation of all that liberals constantly tell us about our country — that we’re falling behind others and live now in a “post-American world,” as one of Barack Obama’s favorite books puts it in its title.
“As anyone who’s ever handled an Apple product or had his life improved by the technological innovations our system has produced in just a decade (that means all of us) will tell you, Jobs and innovators like him . . .”
Read his complete Morning Bell story here.
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