Along with many of you this evening, I listened to Steve Jobs’ commencement speech again. I wonder if his words stuck harder this time because he’s a legend or because the last time I was listening to his speech, I was still riding smoothly down a conformist road. For a man who took the unconventional path of not finishing college, and worked his ass off to change the way we communicate—he’s truly a man of his word, but more importantly, of his doing.
Steve talks of how the one common denominator, the one thing we all have in common, the one thing we can not escape, death—is the best thing we have to remind us that life is so much more important.
What are we to believe in? But first and foremost, why do we have to believe in a higher power? Why do we have to choose and conform to a religion? I don’t know if Steve Jobs was Catholic, Christian, or Muslim. And nor do I care because the man believed in life.
Why do we continue to worship something for which we have no idea if exists? Why do we put so much energy into a church? Why are we not worshiping what actually keeps us alive?
In the beginning from what we know, people worshiped the sun. They worshiped what kept them alive: resources (sun, water, food, land). Now, we worship something that tells us that death, death is the best thing that will happen to us. It seems quite ironic, to say the least.
To me, death is the best thing we have to remind us, that life is the best thing that will ever happen to us.