Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement address has gone viral in the wake of his death. It’s a good virus, one that spreads health. I can’t help but wonder: What would happen if the Church encouraged the culture of disciplined creativity, entrepreneurship, and curiosity of Apple Computer? I’m sure there are caveats and cautions — such as making sure we keep our doctrines right — but the caveats and cautions shouldn’t bury the question.
Secondly, his relatively short life reminds us of some wisdom: “I would rather live fifty fulfilling years — years in which I make a contribution — than 80 years in which I perch myself on a couch and whine.”