Do I envy Steve Jobs?
Though I have come to see that envy is an fulfilling track to be on, I have to admit that to envy others for what they are, or what they have, is part of being human. It is however a tendency best avoided and something which is even featured in the Ten Commandments (called coveting).
Hearing about the resignation of Steve Jobs I have been thinking about this, I wonder how many have previously looked on him with envy. He has shown huge talent for many things, and over many years. He is rich beyond the dreams of many.
Do I wish I were him? That of course is a factor with envy, if I am going to wish for the riches of another I have to wish for the whole package, wish I were them. But they too have both their riches and their troubles. No one would wish Steve Jobs present illness upon themselves but that still leaves room to envy his wealth and talent, to envy what he is.
But what is this man like? I end up having to rely on they reports of others, and I can not be sure how reliable they are. From what I read though, he does not sound like a very nice person, despite his achievements. He is too is only human.
An article in The Guardian of 26/8/11 used the following to describe Jobs: Dictator, tyrant, genius, ferocious perfectionist, charismatic, ruthlessly ambitious.
It goes on to quote him:
“Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is meant to do?” Jobs barked at a meeting in 2008. “So why the fuck doesn’t it do that?” he went on, beginning a 30-minute tirade detailed by Fortune magazine. “You’ve tarnished Apple’s reputation. You should hate each other for having let each other down.”
Also from the same article:
In 2000, a meeting between Jobs and an education firm ended with Jobs screeching across the table: “You’re shit! Your company’s shit! It’s nothing compared to mine!” his spittle flecking the table, according to the Boing Boing website.
I find myself concluding that I do not want to be that sort of person. I have enough faults of my own without wishing for someone else’s too.
Perhaps it is this train of thought that led me to follow Jesus in the first place.