Seriously though, it would be much too weird to own any sort of public forum, from a Twitter feed to a Facebook page to a pointless humor blog, and remain silent on what for me is the most significant death that has occurred during my lifetime. Before anyone starts grilling me on how the death of Steve Jobs could be the most significant, look: I'm young, no one personally close to me has died yet, and I don't give a shit about Michael Jackson. Then suddenly I hear that Jobs is dead via a product he developed. I look left and there's my iPhone. To the right, my iPod. I'm afraid to touch either, like they might disappear or something.
I've been out in the business world for over four years now. In that time, I've come to realize that the number of people who keep us from toppling back into the Dark Ages is impossibly small. I used to think there were hundreds, at least, but no. How many people running businesses really, completely, 100% know what they're doing? Like five, maybe? I'm pretty sure the answer is five.
Well, now we're down to four.
We will literally never know how much we lost when Jobs' incredibly productive career was cut short. A lot. It was definitely a lot. Anyone who isn't like a rapist or something dying at 56 in the United States is considered a tragedy these days, but this...I just don't have the words for it.
Part of me is overjoyed to see the outpouring of grief. A nation mourning the death of a businessman is not something I ever expected to see. But another part of me knows that we'll soon be back to business as usual, meaning hating and hampering business at every turn, criticizing businessmen for doing real stuff instead of attending lots of charity balls, and occupying this or that thing that the 99% could neither build nor comprehend.
I've lost so much. There's really nothing more to say.
Even if you're tired of the subject, make sure you catch these, which together summarize my feelings very well:
http://xkcd.com/961/ (don't miss the scroll-over caption or you'll think I'm just being an asshole.)
Goodbye, Mr. Jobs,