Yeah, I know. I should be drawn and quartered for that title. But Steve Jobs' passing last week really brought a sad truth to light.
The future of this country rests on the shoulders of morons.
Don't get me wrong - I think Steve was a rather incredible individual. Of course, I don't know anything about his personal life. For all I know he could have been a lousy husband. Or a closet racist. Or a Yankees fan. But I do know that he was a 'doer', the kind of cat who would get an idea in his head, and simply make it happen. For that, I both envied and admired him. And I was genuinely saddened at the news that he had passed.
Having said that, the legacy he left behind will, unfortunately and inevitably, be maimed by the very souls he bequeathed it to. Because for every clear-eyed, industrious individual who uses technological wonders such as the iPhone or iPad to make their own dreams a reality - 100,000 dumbshit slobs will use the same devices to detach themselves further and further from the reality of everyday life.
When I got home from work last Wednesday and turned on the news, I was treated to an image of a pretty, 20-something young woman. Standing in front of a building, crying. She knelt down, wiping the tears from her face, and gently laid her old iPhone down upon makeshift shrine that had been constructed on the steps of the Apple Store.
Take a minute - I'll wait - and ponder the utter goddamn ridiculousness of that last sentence.
It's enough to make my head hurt. Really? That's how we are going to honor the man? Old iPods and apples, huh? And what is that? Is that a fucking Smart Water???
That same girl was later interviewed. Through tears, she told the reporter that it "...is just so sad. Mr. Jobs, he just made everyone's lives easier. I mean, I couldn't live without my phone. Wouldn't want to."
I'll tell ya what I wanted to do. I wanted to grab her and shake her. Hard.
I would bet real money that girl, before Wednesday, couldn't have told you who the co-founder and former CEO of Apple was or be able to pick him out of a line up. I would also bet that if tomorrow, the chick who plays the lead in Grey's Anatomy got hit by a bus (fingers crossed!), those same eyes would be even more red and puffy from all the weeping.
I realize that I am a bit cynical. But I hope to hell I'm wrong about all this. I hope that girl is actually an artist, or an inventor, or getting her education degree. And if asked that annoying question, "If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would it be?" I sincerely hope that her answer would be, "Either my Grandpa who died years ago or Steve Jobs."
But I'll tell ya what - I wouldn't count on it. Thanks Steve, for spending your life making shit. I want to follow your example. From now on, I will try and stop lamenting that I have all these great ideas, but never the time or money to see them through.
Instead, I will try my best to just DO. And I'll do it without shedding a tear.