“Death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent; it clears out the old to make way for the new.”
The full legacy of Steve Jobs will not be sorted out for a very long time. When employees first talked about Jobs’ “reality distortion field,” it was a pejorative — they were referring to the way that he got you to sign on to a false truth by the force of his conviction and charisma. But at a certain point the view of the world from Steve Jobs’ brain ceased to become distorted. It became an instrument of self-fulfilling prophecy. As product after product emerged from Apple, each one breaking ground and changing our behavior, Steve Jobs’ reality field actually came into being. And we all live in it.
From Wired’s excellent piece on Steve Jobs. May he rest in peace.