Did Steve Jobs Embrace Helen Keller’s Philosophy?

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Designing a computer is as good as defining life. Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, did the two. Like millions of his admirers across the globe, I didn’t want to miss even one commemorative piece, which would come across my eyes, after I came to know he had singed off the world.

Leaving behind his digital children Ipod, Iphone and Ipad well groomed, he went way as a contended soul. He had packed up every thing and finished every job with amazing quickness to say good bye.

I am awestruck for his kind of preparation. This is his philosophy of death and definition of life. Yes. It’s always death that adds philosophy to life.

’If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ This had always been an ever haunting question to Steve. He got the answer too: ‘Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me the big choices in life’

With the invention of this ‘tool’, he stopped living some body’s life, made big choices and lived his own life.

While reading these lines from his famous speech delivered at Stanford University (in 2006) I was reminiscent of an essay (Three Days to See) written by Helen Keller, a blind author and a legend of her time.

She had discovered a ‘rule’ instead of a ‘tool’ to define life by adding philosophy to death: ‘Sometimes I have thought it would be an excellent rule to live each day as if we should die tomorrow. Such an attitude would emphasize sharply the values of life.’

Both Steve and Helen had worked on ‘Dead lines’ Great Souls!

-Satish Chandar.M

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