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St. Steve of Apple?
Posted By Eric Sammons On November 23, 2011 @ 9:43 am In Saints,Technology | Comments Disabled
In the latest issue of OSV Newsweekly , I examine the adulation given to Steve Jobs and compare his life to a true modern-day saint, St. Josemaría Escrivá:
If the secular world had a way to canonize someone, then surely the recent death of Apple  founder Steve Jobs  would have caused a hasty completion of that process. Jobs was one of the most revered businessmen of our time, and the ubiquity of Apple’s “i”-products — the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad — made him a cultural phenomenon, too. After his death, there was such an outpouring of grief and adulation from all corners of the world that one could not help but recall the worldwide reaction to Pope John Paul II’s death six years ago.
In many ways, the cultural status Jobs attained was unrivaled. Even Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and his only true rival, does not stir up the passion and cult following that Jobs did. People joke about the “cult of Mac,” but in all seriousness the strong devotion that many people have to Apple’s products and even to Jobs personally is striking.
And, for better or worse, Jobs did change the world. Think about life just a dozen years ago: no iPods, touchscreen smartphones or tablet computers. In just a short time, Jobs was able to push his company to create multiple products that defined their categories and changed the way we interact with music and information. It is not surprising that the secular world recognized Jobs’ greatness.
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 OSV Newsweekly: http://www.osv.com/tabid/7621/itemid/8743/Why-Steve-Jobs-was-no-saint.aspx
 Apple: http://www.apple.com/
 Steve Jobs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Jobs
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