People Like Steve Jobs
Not to imply Steve Jobs was ordinary or relatively common. He was indeed a unique person. Incredibly intelligent, but also incredibly successful. At his level, the two don’t often go hand in hand. But let’s generalize it a bit.
How can someone so intelligent and capable of monetary success and popularity miss the boat on the most important thing in life? How do they get sucked in by things like drugs and Buddhism? Even on his death-bed, Jobs speculated that life was life an on-off switch, “Click! And you’re gone.”
It is a sad story. While he knew very much what he wanted from a business perspective, Jobs seemed to live a life of searching. Loyal to Buddhism most of his years, but still it did not bring him peace. It’s as if somewhere deep down inside he knew there was more. He did express a desire to believe in God and an afterlife near the end, but never quite got there. How is that possible?
Here are some explanations:
“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools.” Romans 1:19-22
“Hear this, O foolish and senseless people, who have eyes, but see not, who have ears, but hear not.” Jeremiah 5:21
“But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinthians 1:27
I guess ignorance truly can be bliss.