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The faux religion of Steve Jobs
August 17th, 2013
09:00 AM ET

The faux religion of Steve Jobs

Opinion by Brett Robinson, Special to CNN

(CNN)— Forget the forbidden fruit logo and the cult of Apple jokes. The legacy of Steve Jobs is anything but religious.

Apple was conceived in the heady days of the counterculture movement. While Jobs and friend Steve Wozniak were busy hacking into AT&T’s long-distance phone lines from a Berkeley dorm room in the 1970s, the culture was awash in New Age experimentation and social unrest. Traditional institutions were under siege by idealistic youth rejecting what they viewed as mass-marketed delusions.

At the top of the hit list was organized religion. When Jobs and Wozniak got the phone hacking device to work, their first call was to the Vatican. They proceeded to hang up on the pope’s personal secretary before he could connect the call to the Holy Father. Jobs the iconoclast relished the prank.

Apple’s Garden of Eden logo is one of several religious parodies aimed at the establishment. A 2007 iPhone ad with the tagline “Touching is Believing” mocks the Biblical story of the Apostle Thomas, who needed to touch the wounds of Christ in order to believe in the Resurrection. Apparently, the iPhone apostles needed the same reassurance leading up to the launch of what came to be called the “Jesus phone.”

Jobs left the Protestant church as a young man and sought spiritual enlightenment in the East. At a pivotal moment in his career, Jobs’ moral compass led him to a Zen monastery in northern California, where he considered becoming a Buddhist monk rather than continuing with Apple. But his close friend and Zen priest Kobun Chino Otogawa told him he could do both.

Jobs embraced the challenge by combining the physics of computing with the metaphysics of Eastern spirituality. The minimalism and intuitive design of Apple products are material expressions of Jobs’ Zen ideals. When Edwin Land, the founder of Polaroid, told Jobs to remain at the intersection of technology and the humanities, Jobs knew he had landed at the nexus of a powerful cultural movement.

When a statue of Steve Jobs was erected in Budapest in 2011, it was one of many tributes to the demiurge of digital culture. But to truly immortalize a media technology hero like Jobs, a movie would need to be made.

The din of digital media has eclipsed the dignity of statues, and the screen has become a sacred means for commemorating cultural heroes. Lincoln, Gandhi and Christ have all had their day in the Hollywood sun.

It is fitting that the new movie about his life, "Jobs," edited on Apple computers and eventually distributed to millions of Apple devices, will proclaim the technological gospel fashioned by its creator.

The medium is the message after all.

But baked into Apple products is a troubling paradox. Like a technological Trojan horse, Apple products assail our senses with sumptuous visuals and rich acoustics while unleashing a bevy of addictive and narcissistic habits. The ‘i’ prefix on Apple devices is a constant reminder that personal technology is ultimately all about us.

In addition to his Zen Buddhist leanings, Jobs claimed that trying LSD was one of the most formative experiences of his life. One occasion sounds like a treatment for an iPod ad. After dropping acid, Jobs found himself in a wheat field and felt as though the crops were pulsating to a Bach symphony. It was a sublime experience for the young seeker who saw drugs as a gateway to expanding consciousness and thinking differently – a theme he would return to years later in Apple’s iconic “Think Different” campaign.

Altered perception has become a hallmark of personal technology. The “Music Every Day” ad for the iPhone 5 is a series of visual snippets of Apple users enjoying their music. The study hall, the dance hall and the city are all transformed by the presence of the musical device. Freed from the humdrum of everyday life by their personal soundtrack, many of the actors appear stoned as they enjoy the heightened pleasure of being plugged in.

The Apple religion is not a religion at all, but a celebration of the self through personalized pleasure.

Reflecting on religion later in life, Jobs told biographer Walter Isaacson that different religions were all just doors to the same house, “sometimes I think the house exists, and sometimes I don’t.”

If Jobs had actually spoken to the pope from that Berkeley dorm room years ago, he may have heard something akin to what Pope Leo XIII said in 1885, a century before Macintosh:  “To hold…that there is no difference in matters of religion between forms that are unlike each other, and even contrary to each other, most clearly leads…to the rejection of all religion. ... And this is the same thing as atheism, however it may differ from it in name.”

Steve Jobs did some amazing things, but he was not a prophet. And Apple is not a religion. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

Brett T. Robinson is the author of Appletopia:Media Technology and the Religious Imagination of Steve Jobs . He is a Visiting Professor of Marketing in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. 

The views expressed in this column belong to Brett Robinson.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Buddhism • Media • Meditation • Movies • Opinion • Technology

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  1. HotAirAce

    I've never been a Steve Jobs fan (Apple has great product design and excellent consumer focus but when it comes to IT or computer engineering, they take and get way too much credit for things others invented first) but if SJ was an atheist or an anti theist, he gets a "Like" from me.

    August 18, 2013 at 1:46 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      The late Kim Jong Il died about the same time and he also was a Atheist. Which did you offer up a Atheist prayer to 🙂

      August 18, 2013 at 1:54 am |
      • Athy

        What would an atheist prayer be?

        August 18, 2013 at 2:28 am |
      • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

        He was an atheist...so what....plenty of A holes in every group. I doubt you think all people who are Christians are moral.

        Your comment says more about your own uninformed ignorance than anything else.

        August 18, 2013 at 2:54 am |
        • Mark from Middle River

          He was an atheist...so what....plenty of A holes in every group.

          I will remember that when some Atheists start chanting about Hitler beiing a Christian. I agree with your statement and I will enjoy "cut and pasting" it in the future.

          "Blessed are the Cheesemakers: He was an atheist...so what....plenty of A holes in every group. August 18, 2013 at 2:54 am"

          I doubt you think all people who are Christians are moral.

          Yes, you are right I absolutely do not think that all Christians are morals. All Jews, Muslims, and Christians are moral. Maybe a few Buddist LOL

          .... yes, I am being a bit sarcastic. 🙂

          Seriously though, yes, I do not think that all who are Christian are moral.

          August 18, 2013 at 3:07 am |
        • Colin

          Good thing too, Mark. We only have so many goats to sacrifice.

          August 18, 2013 at 10:46 am |
        • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

          Mark, The point is that all it means when someone is an atheist is that I agree with them on one question. It does not mean I agree with them on any thing else.

          Feel free to cut and paste all you want. Typically the comments from atheists about Hitler being christian is in response to the claims that he was an atheist. I don't find that discussion valuable other than showing that claim false. Now I will discuss the implied but mostly unargued finer point that the despots often mentioned acted the way they did BECAUSE they were atheists. Even if Hitler was a christian I don't think he acted because of his christianity, he did hoowever use religion to his advantage, something history is full of.

          August 18, 2013 at 12:02 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Neither – prayers are a waste of time. No "Likes" for crazy North Korean leaders, or leaders from any country that propagates nuclear arms.

      August 18, 2013 at 1:58 am |
  2. UncleBenny

    Bach didn't compose symphonies.

    August 18, 2013 at 12:59 am |
    • Athy

      He didn't write operas either. Neither did Schubert. Or Chopin. Or Rachmaninoff.

      August 18, 2013 at 1:09 am |
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  5. I Crap

    All those idiots linking his greedy pockets, who only cared for himself. Jobs mega yacht: http://gossipextra.com/2013/04/03/steve-jobs-yacht-venus-palm-beach-2450/

    August 17, 2013 at 11:04 pm |
  6. hharri

    "That you may be in them as I am in them"

    August 17, 2013 at 10:48 pm |
    • Shattered Hope

      "You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it."

      Jesus you big fat liar!

      August 17, 2013 at 10:51 pm |
      • hharri

        That's it.

        August 17, 2013 at 11:25 pm |
      • Russ

        @ SH: "in my name" doesn't mean 'say my name & rub the lamp.'
        in the ancient world, it meant to come under the authority of that Name (like going before a king).

        so, is Jesus your king? or just your tool?
        because if he's your king, "in my name" is saying "your Kingdom come, not mine."
        otherwise it's just saying "do what I say, or I won't let you be king." who's the king again?

        in other words: you're asking Jesus to give according to *His* wisdom – not yours.
        it's like saying "God, make my prayer what I would ask for if I knew everything you know."

        August 17, 2013 at 11:43 pm |
        • Cpt. Obvious

          1. Jesus should have been more careful with his words, then, Russ. If you can't ask anything "in his name" and it come to be, then he lied. Stupid jesus.

          2. If your prayer has to line up with god's will, and god's will was already going to happen because it's god's will, then prayer is pointless. Stupid russ.

          August 17, 2013 at 11:58 pm |
        • Russ

          @ Cpt Obvious:

          1) being unwilling to read in context is "not being careful with words."

          2) i didn't say prayer "has to line up with God's will." there are several examples in Scripture that explicitly do not – and yet God uses them (namely, Jesus' prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane).

          you said: "and God's will was already going to happen because it's God's will."
          i never said that. that's a counterfactual – only God knows what might have happened without prayer, unless otherwise plainly stated (Jnh.3:8-10). not to mention, why would God tell us to pray if it had no power or meaning? your argument is begging the question (it begins by assuming there is no God or that he's incompetent).

          August 18, 2013 at 12:35 am |
        • hharri

          Repeating the same simple rant betrays your work ethic. You must do better than that to let off steam.

          August 18, 2013 at 1:33 am |
        • hharri

          Hey Russ,
          Captain, who posts most of the atheist posts under many different names, will never examine the truth in context. She is not about getting to the bottom of an issue. She is consumed by violent, ugly hatred. She uses blips of scripture and ideas to belch her poisonous thoughts to relieve her anguish. She deserves credit for her brave and exhausting endeavor to return to her god by working through the pain that is killing her. Encourage her to ramble on and on. She is on the threshold of being born again.

          August 18, 2013 at 9:43 am |
        • hharri

          Blinded by her fury as she is, even she must step back and chuckle. Preaching at Jesus on what he should have done, takes an inordinate amount of gall.

          August 18, 2013 at 9:58 am |
        • hharri

          If I regard iniquity in my heart, he will not hear me

          August 18, 2013 at 10:05 am |
        • midwest rail

          " Captain, who posts most of the atheist posts under many different names,...."
          Delusional nonsense.

          August 18, 2013 at 10:07 am |
        • Cpt. Obvious

          Russ, you're not paying attention. Please pay attention, this time.

          1. If you are correct, then many believers are confused over Jesus' words. Jesus was stupid to be so ambiguous.
          2. Your "rebuttal" doesn't matter, does it, if god's will is going to happen regardless, then prayer is irrelevant.

          August 18, 2013 at 10:09 am |
        • hharri

          That a girl!

          August 18, 2013 at 10:31 am |
        • hharri

          Even devils believe and tremble. Can you imagine what it is like for them? Their fate is sealed. They will burn forever and there is nothing they can do to change it

          August 18, 2013 at 10:36 am |
        • skytag

          No one rationalizes better than a Christian.

          August 18, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
        • tallulah13

          They have to rationalize, because their beliefs are so very distant from reality.

          August 18, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
        • skytag

          @Russ: "1) being unwilling to read in context is "not being careful with words." "

          Interesting how parts of the Bible that don't match up with reality need to be read "in context," explained using a knowledge of the original Greek, or some such thing, but when Christians like what is says none of that is necessary.

          "why would God tell us to pray if it had no power or meaning?"

          Assuming there is a God, he would know that prayer offers benefits similar to meditation. Maybe he has a big ego and enjoys the attention. He knows he doesn't have to answer prayers. If people pray for something and it comes to pass they give God credit for answer their prayers. If it doesn't come to pass they happily make excuses for God to give him a pass for not answering their prayer. This is all assuming your God even exists, which is a really big assumption.

          "your argument is begging the question (it begins by assuming there is no God"

          Your argument begins with assuming — without evidence — there is a God, that he's all knowing, all seeing, all powerful, not subject to the laws of time, space, or matter, created the universe out of nothing but leaves no trace of his existence anywhere we can find. Given the complete lack of objective, verifiable evidence for God's existence I think Cpt Obvious' assumption is far more reasonable.

          "or that he's incompetent"

          The fact that God was so disgusted at one point with the way humanity turned out that he slaughtered all but eight people as part of a plan to try again from scratch hints at incompetence.

          August 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
        • skytag

          @hharri: "Even devils believe and tremble. Can you imagine what it is like for them?"

          All of this only exists in your imagination.

          "Their fate is sealed. They will burn forever and there is nothing they can do to change it"

          Why did God create devils whose fate is sealed to burn forever?

          August 18, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
        • Bob Bales

          Skytag: You seem to think that reading the original language to determine what something means is suspect. Yet you apparently believe that Christians should accept atheists' statements as to what something means.

          Also, you say "Given the complete lack of objective, verifiable evidence for God's existence I think..." This is not a given, but just your opinion.

          Regarding God's supposed incompetence causing Him to have to destroy the world: no part of the conditions of the world that led to its destruction was the result of God's actions.

          August 18, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
        • Bo Yates

          Yeah, that loving, responsible creator of everything isn't responsible...

          August 18, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
        • Bob

          Why can't an omnipotent creature make sure that his message can't be taken out of context?

          Ah, your god isn't one of those omnipotent ones...

          Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement.
          Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
          http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

          August 18, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
        • Bob Bales

          Skytag: God made the devil and those who followed him with a choice. Their fates are the result of the choices they made.

          August 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm |
        • hharri

          Her rage wrapped around silly arguments is all she thinks she can use to break out of the hatred consuming her life. Each point she tries to make has been used in the past and rejected. Knowing there is a god, and knowing she despises him, her arguments to disprove his existence serve as a tool to vent the emotional trauma sapping her of life. Using a myriad of names she hopes to trick you into accepting she has a lot of support.

          Captain, as you are outed, your rants will be less productive. You need new material to satisfy yourself. Or, you can direct your furor directly at and to god.

          August 18, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
        • hharri

          It is cute how they use their mantra. "Given there is no objective, repeatable, verifiable proof of god." Because you are consumed with murderous rage, you are blinded to his reality, and you know this. Vomiting your hatred is great. It is helping you to break thru the disease killing you.

          Direct your rage to him. Try that. Let him answer and heal your wounded heart

          August 18, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
        • hharri

          "Assuming there is a God, he would know that prayer offers benefits similar to meditation." narcissism, usually the result of an abusive childhood, leads you to be convinced that god is what you think he should be.

          "Maybe he has a big ego and enjoys the attention." maybe not

          "He knows he doesn't have to answer prayers." you have no idea what he knows

          "If people pray for something and it comes to pass they give God credit for answer their prayers." naturally

          "If it doesn't come to pass they happily make excuses for God to give him a pass for not answering their prayer." happily? your hatred is misdirected. christians are not happy when their prayers are denied. the fact that you believe they are is indicative of the distortion warping your mind based on rage

          as you can see, the overwhelming darkness and bitterness controlling you is the root of your downfall. direct your fury in terms that address god

          August 18, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
        • Ayn Rand

          hhari, That dark, incoherent passion within you which you take as the voice of god is nothing more than the corpse of your mind.

          August 18, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
        • In Santa we trust

          Bob Bales,,
          "... the complete lack of objective, verifiable evidence for God's existence ... is not a given, but just your opinion."

          So provide some objective, verifiable evidence for god's existence.

          August 18, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
        • Bob Bales

          There are the many fulfilled prophecies in the Bible. (Start with the ones concerning Israel.) Then there is the fact that people in Jesus's time - who would certainly have known if He existed and if He did the things that indicated He was God - risked and often gave their lives to proclaim Him as God.

          August 19, 2013 at 3:37 am |
        • Russ

          @ Cpt Obvious: you are self-projecting again.

          1) no, Jesus' Lordship is rather central to the faith. though there might be some disagreement on the exact implications, that is a rather universal tenet of Christianity.

          2) again, you're not hearing what i'm saying – God's plan INCLUDES our prayer. anything ELSE is counterfactual.

          August 19, 2013 at 10:10 am |
        • Russ

          @ skytag:
          1) no, ALL of the Bible needs to be read in context. what is the authorial intent? that's always the primary concern.

          2) you're riding the fence with your explanation of prayer – by which i mean you're allowing for the possibility of God, but then still making atheistic assumptions about the nature of prayer. IF you are actually going to allow the possibility of God, follow the thought out. you said "assuming your God exists..." and yet most of your cynical assessments that follow fail to take into account the things God has revealed about himself in the Bible. again, you're saying you allow this possibility for the sake of argument, but then not actually fully entertaining it.

          3) existence itself is evidence of God. you exist. you didn't make yourself. your best alternative is an infinite regress... which STILL leaves you with no answer to the question. as Bob Bales calls you on below, your "given" is not such. that is *your* leap of faith.

          4) you are re-narrating.
          a) we are responsible for our own mess. the fact that not EVERYONE is eradicated is grace.
          b) your argument AGAIN begins by assuming God could be incompetent... and yet that is contrary to his own self-definition. you are still failing to engage the argument fully. that's why you won't even consider the possibility that God is showing us something about himself as well as about us.

          August 19, 2013 at 10:26 am |
        • Russ

          @ Bob (the Marshall Brain disciple):
          1) as i said to skytag, the mere fact of existence can't be "taken out of context." it can be rationalized, dodged, avoided, criticized, etc... but it's an ever present fact that exposes the charade of "there's no such thing as God."

          2) we've had this discussion before. God does heal amputees – just not on your terms. and think it through: your way, amputees get healed... but still die. God's plan is to END death. who cares if you get your arm back only to lose what matters most?

          August 19, 2013 at 10:33 am |
        • Bob

          Russ, you're just plain stupid. That's all there is to it. You claim an omnibenevolent, omnipotent deity. Such a being could relieve present suffering instantly, but doesn't. That's utter nonsense. Your beliefs are complete rubbish.

          Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement.
          Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
          http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

          August 19, 2013 at 10:43 am |
        • Russ

          @ Bob:
          a) you want to dictate terms to God.
          think about how fundamentally self-refuting that is – both philosophically & theologically.

          b) in the words of Dostoevksy:
          “I believe like a child that suffering will be healed and made up for, that all the humiliating absurdity of human contradictions will vanish like a pitiful mirage, like the desp.icable fabrication of the impotent and infinitely small Euclidean mind of man, that in the world's finale, at the moment of eternal harmony, something so precious will come to pass that it will suffice for all hearts, for the comforting of all resentments, for the atonement of all the crimes of humanity, for all the blood that they've shed; that it will make it not only possible to forgive but to justify all that has happened.”

          c) and consider the opposite... if there is no God, suffering is not just a given. it's how life is meant to be. so why would you complain?

          in the words of Richard Dawkins:
          "In a universe of blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference."

          August 19, 2013 at 11:39 am |
        • In Santa we trust

          Bob Bales
          "... fulfilled prophecies in the Bible. ..."

          Even if there were evidence that the prophecies in the bible were fulfilled there is no evidence that it was by a god. That's how these people game the system – make plausible guesses based upon experience; the early bible writers also had the benefit of being able to go back and retrofit the prophecy.

          August 19, 2013 at 11:51 am |
        • In Santa we trust

          Russ, Existence does not prove a creator. What we know about our existence can be explained by science. What we don't know does not mean that a god did it and especially does not mean that your god did it.

          August 19, 2013 at 11:57 am |
        • Russ

          @ Santa: science does not even begin to address existence in itself. it merely attempts to observe the HOW of existence, not THAT there is existence. science cannot speak to what it *presupposes*, namely existence itself.

          the problem is that the discipline of science takes "methodological naturalism" as a given mode of operating – but then you are conflating methodological naturalism with philosophical naturalism. the method of practicing naturalism for the sake of observation is very different than the LEAP of FAITH of philosophical naturalism. you are clearly assuming science is doing the latter... and it does not & cannot. at that point, you are doing faith/philosophy/theology/etc. & calling it science.

          which leaves us back to our original discussion: THAT there is such a thing as existence.
          does it 'prove my God'? no. but it certainly leaves a greater burden on those without such a basis for that existence. it – ironically for you – requires a GREATER leap of faith to hold your position.

          August 19, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
        • Bob Bales

          In Santa we trust:

          "Even if there were evidence that the prophecies in the bible were fulfilled..." Which there is. "...there is no evidence that it was by a god." You don't have to believe the prophecies were fulfilled by God. You can believe in coincidence. However, the odds soon become pretty small - if four prophecies each have 1 in 100 odds of coming true, then the odds of all four coming true by chance are 1 in 100,000,000. But you can believe what you want. Just don't criticize those who see it differently. "That's how these people game the system – make plausible guesses based upon experience." Except the prophecies in the Bible were not based on experience and were quite implausible when written. "[T]he early bible writers also had the benefit of being able to go back and retrofit the prophecy." When we have copies of the prophecies dated from before the fulfillment, it's obvious they were not retrofitted. In particular, some prophecies concerning Israel were not fulfilled until the 20th century.

          August 20, 2013 at 1:46 am |
        • Bob Bales

          Bob: All you know with respect to Russ is that you disagree with him. You may think than an omnipotent God would eliminate suffering. I know you don't believe in such a God, but I hope you are not arrogant enough to think that, if He exists, He would do exactly as you think. In the case of suffering, the Bible states clearly that suffering is the result of choices mankind made. Without choices, mankind would be a puppet - no more capable of independent action than my computer is of sending a different post than I type. And choices have consequences. If they didn't, they would not be choices.

          In short, you do not know that Russ is stupid or that his beliefs are nonsense and rubbish. That's all there is to it.

          August 20, 2013 at 2:03 am |
        • Godisreal

          To seek the evidence of God's existence should not be too hard in IMHO. The Bible clearly tells us that miracles are some of the most used methods that God used to show His existence. If you really want to seek it out, go to Christian meetings where there are many miracles reported. Smaller meetings less than 50 people are ideal places to explore. Not too big and you can do your research there. Check out the miracles and ask questions. Spend at least couple months attending all the meetings in that place. Make sure it is not a money grabbing place but the leaders are sincere loving people who are helpful. There are so many sick people, addictions, broken people out there that places with miracles should be teeming with testimonies. Here at our own fellowship of 20 people, we got so many miracles. Life turned around. God is very real. The power of darkness is also very real. We cast out demons and their manifestations are very real sometimes like in the horror movies. People just miss out on experiences like these. They may be just around the corner of your neighborhood.

          September 24, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
        • Godisreal

          I will share one testimony. I once was invited to a person's home and was asked to pray for the owner of the house.
          After prayer, everyone was gasping and took pictures because the person's entire head was covered with gold dusts.
          Hair and face shining with gold. After that time, the person asked me to hold a regular prayer meeting at her house.
          We witnessed the miracles many times. The 3rd time it happened, I asked the person to check to make sure that her entire head and face is clean before we start the meeting. Sure enough, during the meeting, the gold started to appear in abundance. This is very real miracle phenomenon. You can search youtube for similar miracles "joshua mills gold dust" to see what I am talking about. This is all happening at private home. It is not in the news. Nobody else knows except our little fellowship and small circle of friends. People had a hard time believing what we witnessed but they are real. This is just one of many other miracles that our fellowship experienced. People just do not get exposed to these things and therefore make wrong conclusions about God. Do some explorations !! It is not that hard. I did and I never regret it. Now I serve God and used by Him to perform many miracles in the ministry to show people that He is real and to bring His benefits.

          September 24, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
  7. Shattered Hope

    strangely displaced

    a single pulse turned inverse and a broken universe.

    it is killing me in my sopping bed where fever plays with misery

    backwards, upside down, inside out,

    wrong wrong wrong wrong

    This is the crunch

    August 17, 2013 at 10:47 pm |
    • Shattered Hope

      It is a terrible thing to lose your thoughts to permanent melancholy. Logic replaced with dread and misdeed Eat?
      Why the same dreams and people?
      Why the same shame and funeral?
      My potion did not kill me. It doesn’t matter.
      Open me and purge it. Make me a child.
      Regrets adding up. Must balance the books.
      The wrinkles in his fingers smelled of gasoline
      Tremble and swallow and wipe and push and beep
      The little smear looks more like a face than his face does
      Shut the visor with a tap.
      He should have been smart enough to die before 50.
      He should have been just that stupid

      August 17, 2013 at 10:49 pm |
  8. I Crap

    Why nothing about the notorious "workplace" Foxconn, with the suicide nets so people don't jump to their deaths? What about Jobs doing nothing for charity. What about "no possessions" Jobs owning private Gulfstream Jet and Yacht?

    August 17, 2013 at 10:42 pm |
    • Shattered Hope

      That is crap.

      August 17, 2013 at 10:44 pm |
      • Doobs

        Well, at least he/she was honest about crapping out that stupid post.

        August 19, 2013 at 6:32 pm |
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    soundoff (21 Responses)

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    OFFER BRAIN IN SELL.

    PSIQUIATRIC METHOD.

    OFER BRAIN IN SELL.

    HOW WANT TO TASTE.

    HAS A LAND TO WROW HUMANS.

    MILLIONS OF BRAINS IN SUPER MARKETS.

    HOW TO FASTES WROW, IDEA!!!!!!!!!!!.

    WITH NANO TECNOLOGY.

    HOW MANY TIME IN LESS THAN 1 MONTH.

    DO YOU WANTO TO EAT IT.

    WHAT DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR BRAIN?.

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    August 17, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Reply

    August 17, 2013 at 10:38 pm |
  10. octopus

    pathetic nonsense with no purpose or meaning at all.

    August 17, 2013 at 9:20 pm |
    • Troll Spotter

      found one.

      August 17, 2013 at 9:28 pm |
  11. lamelionheart

    How many people does it take for there to be a generation..? Likewise, how many generations does it take to fill up a millennium..?

    August 17, 2013 at 8:30 pm |
    • He Spake Thusly

      42

      August 17, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
      • sam spade

        That is the answer to how many stairs must a man walk down ....

        August 18, 2013 at 7:09 pm |
  12. lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

    Police have a major problem with Zen pests in Budapest. Glazed and dilated eyes, earphones, and orange hair from a distance give way to whispers of, "Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow. What a trip! It's only the acid. It's only the acid. Don't forget!"

    August 17, 2013 at 8:28 pm |
  13. lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

    Buddha was a copykitty. Then you have those who like to misquote a fake. Then come the fakers who feel guilty 'bout smearing a fake. Finally the no true Scotsman gives up and puts on the headphones.

    August 17, 2013 at 8:20 pm |
    • midwest rail

      You make even less sense than sdfasdfasdfsdfgsdfgsdfg.

      August 17, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
  14. Alias

    This is a really stupid article from a self absorbed narcacist.
    Calling it a large steaming pile of BS would be too kind.

    August 17, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
    • Athy

      What is a narcacist?

      August 17, 2013 at 9:30 pm |
      • skytag

        Don't be mean. LOL

        August 17, 2013 at 10:52 pm |
  15. Apple Bush

    I think all of creation is God ejaculate. And that explains honey bees.

    August 17, 2013 at 7:32 pm |
    • Shattered Hope

      That explains Disney too.

      August 17, 2013 at 10:46 pm |
  16. Shattered Hope

    Sure you cry but not like I cry like the river of tears that flood from my eyes and nose the salty stinging splatter of fear and pain and suffering and the smell of my own snot as I taste it by choking it down as I gasp for air and death so what do you know about crying what it is like to cry to cry.

    August 17, 2013 at 7:23 pm |
    • Alias

      you should get out and experience life for yourself.
      These are clearly the ramblings of a marginally creative person who is not nearly as wise as they presume to be.

      August 17, 2013 at 7:40 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Alias, I am describing myself on a good day.

      August 17, 2013 at 9:32 pm |
  17. Shattered Hope

    Sure I was melted by the sun. So what? I need the heat.

    I need the scarring and near-death experience. I need to be seen as myself.

    Now I can take off my old mask. Now I am dancing in the snow on a bride in Tulsa.

    August 17, 2013 at 7:19 pm |
    • Hope is a choice

      Shattered Hope can survive when you give Hope a chance. To live in Hope is the wisest choice you can make.

      August 17, 2013 at 7:23 pm |
      • Shattered Hope

        Hope is naught but a liar and deceiver. You know this to be true yet you lie. Why?

        August 17, 2013 at 7:25 pm |
      • Hope is a choice

        That Hope comes when you turn to Jesus Christ and invite Him into you heart. His love will surely engulf you.

        August 17, 2013 at 7:25 pm |
      • Shattered Hope

        I have heard tell that this, "Jesus" fellow has a difficult time keeping it in his tunic....

        August 17, 2013 at 7:29 pm |
      • Hope is a choice

        Would you rather despair than have hope? Would rather turn away from hope that only God can offer? What have you to lose by turning to God in hope, nothing, you lose your despair and a shattered hope that has been made whole by God's healing grace!

        August 17, 2013 at 7:32 pm |
        • skytag

          What a bunch of drivel.

          August 17, 2013 at 10:59 pm |
      • Hope is a choice

        Peace to you!

        August 17, 2013 at 7:35 pm |
      • Shattered Hope

        The robe tee pee is tempting but the man needs a shave.

        August 17, 2013 at 9:38 pm |
  18. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things,

    August 17, 2013 at 6:55 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      Hello iPrayer

      August 17, 2013 at 7:10 pm |
    • Alias

      If prayer makes you feel better, then keep on praying.
      That's all it can do, but that can mean a lot.

      August 17, 2013 at 7:44 pm |
  19. OuPhrontis

    It's so difficult to be taken seriously these days. This RC apologist/blogger's overwrought writing style betrays his status as a academic wannabe. Long on verbiage and short on content of any real quality. It also appears he is unaware of the Vatican's use of the very iOS tools Mr Jobs had a hand in creating. The Pope? There's an app for that. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-pope-app/id593468235?mt=8

    August 17, 2013 at 6:50 pm |
  20. iWorship

    'The Apple religion is not a religion at all, but a celebration of the self through personalized pleasure'
    –Agreed! who woulda thunk the I in ipad is all about who else but 'I'.
    Self gratification, personalized pleasure and the feeling of grandiose are the hallmarks of a narcissist.
    Clever article, very nicely done!

    August 17, 2013 at 6:36 pm |
    • selfies

      Nicely written opinion, makes one think!!!
      Fantastic!

      August 17, 2013 at 6:42 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      The Apple religion IS a religion.

      August 17, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
      • Torrent Rainbow

        Into selfies, eh 😉

        August 17, 2013 at 6:56 pm |
    • Trillion $ ?

      He is a creative genius, no doubt. His apps will continue to live on, but where is Steve Jobs today????

      August 17, 2013 at 6:53 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        Where is Steve Jobs today? Where He has always been!

        August 17, 2013 at 6:55 pm |
        • Torrent Rainbow

          And where would that be?

          August 17, 2013 at 6:56 pm |
        • Colin

          Soul dead and rotting in hell.

          August 17, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
        • truthprevails1

          Steve didn't believe in hell, so it's safe to say he wouldn't be there. This man had functioning brain cells!

          August 17, 2013 at 7:02 pm |
        • lamelionheart

          TP...

          What do you even know about "functioning brain cells"..? Tell me please so I can be informed in your owned words...

          August 17, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          I hold the copyright on those words so back away.

          August 17, 2013 at 7:16 pm |
        • truthprevails1

          lame: Considering I don't believe in the supernatural, I would say I knew a thing or two more about them than you do...your brain stops at the blockage called religion...it's all dead space from there.

          August 17, 2013 at 7:21 pm |
        • lamelionheart

          TP...

          Toilet paper synopsis seems to be your life brevities... Carry on...Carry on...

          August 17, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
      • skytag

        Il est mort.

        August 17, 2013 at 10:54 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Actually, Apple makes products. Some people like to buy them. Other people like to buy similar products from other manufacturers. Then there are the people who read waaaaay to much into the "i" at the front of some Apple products, which is nothing more than a brilliant marketing device that renders the product instantly recognizable as an Apple product.

      Considering the fact that everyone responding on this blog is doing so on some internet device, don't you think that vilifying one particular electronics company is laying it on a bit thick?

      August 17, 2013 at 7:12 pm |
    • Mother Teresa > Steve Jobs
      August 17, 2013 at 7:14 pm |
      • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

        Mother Teresa was a bit too sick and twisted for my taste. Anyone who says they feel closer to god through the suffering of others has problems.

        August 17, 2013 at 7:44 pm |
        • Troll Spotter

          Found one!

          August 17, 2013 at 9:06 pm |
        • tallulah13

          Gotta agree with you, cheese. I used to think Mother Teresa was someone to admire until I learned the truth about her.

          August 17, 2013 at 10:20 pm |
        • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

          Troll,

          My comment was an honest one. If you disagree with my point, fine, state your argument. Short of that YOU are the troll.

          Tallulah, exactly. When I first heard of criticism of her I was so stunned I had to hear it. Now it seems a shame she is held up as a role model. She was a self serving biotch.

          August 18, 2013 at 2:48 am |
        • HotAirAce

          But she will be in heaven and we won't, assuming for a minute there is a heaven when most likely there's not. . .

          August 18, 2013 at 3:01 am |
        • Mark from Middle River

          But she will be in heaven and we won't, assuming for a minute there is a heaven when most likely there's not. . .

          Hey, can you stay on your side 🙂 It's better when Atheist just state that there is not a Heaven and the Faithful says that there is. When each side starts assuming, it messes up the paperwork. 🙂

          August 18, 2013 at 3:14 am |
        • HotAirAce

          If atheists are definitive ("there are no gods, not even just one"), believers get cranky. If we allow (with low probability of course) that there might be gods along with their accompanying heaven and hell, believers get cranky. What's common?

          August 18, 2013 at 3:58 am |
    • octopus

      pathetic nonsense.

      August 17, 2013 at 9:19 pm |
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