Do you remember what Steve Jobs said in his commencement speech at Stanford a few years ago, after he knew he had pancreatic cancer? He was telling the kids to live their own life because: “Death is very likely the best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.” If we didn’t know he had cancer when he said that, would that passage be as powerful? Probably. But still, it is even more so when we know that he was anticipating his own death, that he knew it was coming very, very soon.
There is a great biography of him on Wired by the man who wrote a history of Apple where I learned that Mona Simpson (the novelist) was his half sister, that he went to India when he dropped out of Reed, and that he did acid. I want to know more about him. And so do many people, I think. Today, NPR said he was the Thomas Edison of our time. But maybe he was more.