Steve Jobs died yesterday.
He was a major force to be reckoned with in society, and he also founded Pixar and hence played a somewhat tangential role in Science Fiction over the last quarter century, though it seems almost vulgar and "Me Too"ish to say that at a time like this.
I'd been debating what to say, and if I should even say anything, at a time like this. His passing is being talked about in a million different mediums, a million different mouths. I don't have anything to add to that. Church suggested the above clip, and it seemed ideal. Thank you, Church.
Say what you will about the man, about his politics, about his life and his opinions, the fact remains that he was the archetype of the American dream. He came from nothing in particular, worked hard, made his own breaks, was successful creating something amazing, lost everything, worked hard, was successful creating something else amazing, and then was begged to come back and shepherd the very kingdom he'd created and been thrown out of.
You can gussy that up anyway you want to suit your politics, or you can nitpick and tear it down and diminish the man for failings we all have, if that suits your politics, but either way seems disingenuous to me. Paint it whatever color you want, dress it up in bows to make it more palatable if you're too timid to face reality, but at the end of the day, the truth is this:
Steve Jobs was the living embodiment of American Exceptionality.