Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Steve Jobs philosophical embrace of the ultimate ‘failure’, the failure of one’s vital organs, evoked similar reflections from Gwynne Dyer in her article “A cruel universe, but the only one where humans could exist.” If you are wondering what the heck he was on about calling Death “the single best invention of Life,” then Dyer elucidates quite eloquently…

“Even non-believers wish the universe were a kinder, more forgiving environment. The answer is: it can’t be…Any universe which could conceivably be a habitat for human beings must be one in which events have predictable consequences – even if those consequences include terrible tragedies for human beings. Imagine for a moment, a universe in which tragedies didn’t occur. When the engines of a jet liner fail on take off, it does not crash at the end of the runway and burn 150 people to death. Instead, it just wafts gently to the ground because God loved the passengers and chose to save them. But if that happened when aircraft engines failed, there would be no need for aircraft maintenance. Indeed there would be no need for engines or even wings – and people could safely step off the edge of cliffs and walk on air. The law of gravity would be suspended whenever it endangered human lives. So would all the other laws of nature. Whenever children’s lives were at risk from disease, biochemistry would change its rules to save them…It is all a package, and quite indivisible. Either you have a magical Garden of Eden, where non-human creatures closely resembling angels, with no hard choices to make and no penalties to pay, browse idly on lotus leaves. Or else you get the remorsely logical universe we live in where actions have consequences and you pay dearly for your own mistakes (and those of others).”

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