Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Technocratic Saint

Text of Steve Jobs' Commencement address (2005)

In the pantheon of computer technology in the modern world, Gates is the Devil and Jobs is god. One might contrast the attached commencement address to the book "The Purpose Driven Life" as to how an aspiring Christian might view life as opposed to Jobs view.

George Thorogood pretty much has the question down; "Who do you love?" ... Jobs translates it as "find what you love and do it". A gigantic amount of faith that the universe of random selection has randomly endowed each human with an "inner love" of something to do that will "make us happy, fulfilled, etc"

Christ says "Love God with all your heart and with all your soul" ... and since that is impossible for a sinful human, he died to give us the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion to draw us to our eventual heavenly home.

I have a lot of respect for Jobs and I like his products. I hope he finds both health and Christ, but Christ is much more important. All of us live under a death sentence.

It is gratifying to see however that every Christian meets Seve's ultimate advice; "stay hungry, stay foolish". To the secularist, nothing is more foolish than Christian Faith, and every Christian is hungry for more of it.

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