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Steve Jobs died a brat’s death

September 14, 2013

Maybe Steve Jobs died because no one every punched him in the face.

I’ve mulled this over after having testicular cancer, and writing Today Cancer Tomorrow The World, and dealing with the world after undergoing chemo, and dealing with being in remission for the rest of my life. It seems like the fear one has being on an airplane and trying to convince yourself it won’t crash but know it’s possible and ignore it. That kinda how every day feels because it’s so tentative, which makes it so vibrant and alive.

Jobs had a reputation for brutally harassing others. He was raised as a spoiled brat by his adopted parents. He even demanded going to a different school which forced his parents to move to another neighborhood and put a greater financial burden on them. He went through life getting and insisting on everything he wanted. But nowhere in his childhood or his business career was he ever punched out. I believe this gave him an elevated sense of his own superiority and a harshness to others, and an indifference to hurting their feelings or firing them. It made him feel like a leader to walk up to employees and say,”What do you do here?” After all, he freely parked in handicapped spaces. The world others lived in, compromised with, and tolerated or endured wasn’t part of his universe. Geeks have a way of believing they are brighter than the next person because they speak another language of code, but without that skill, if there we no computers, they’d probably be running a comic book store.

When he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he thought he believed he was “above” the prescribed treatment given to mortals and refused surgery and science. He went organic.

So did the cancer.

Maybe if just once, someone popped him, he would have thought about the consequence of his actions. If someone did, Jobs might have though twice about his cruelty, because he still could breathe well out of his left nostril and had a slightly loose back tooth from being mean to a kid or employee who punched him for being contemptible. You learn something when you reach over on someone’s dinner plate and they smack your hand away. A sense of boundaries. Those who don’t think everyone is within their boundary, an extension of their world. Those who have never been hit are usually the cruelest with words.

So Jobs won his argument. He ignored everyone else’s views and lead a brat’s life. And the cause of death: being a brat.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 31, 2015 5:01 pm

    Very good insight.

    • September 1, 2015 2:18 pm

      I’m a two-time cancer survivor, and my regret is that perhaps after all that suffering, if he got a second act (The Scrooge buysa the goose act) he might become a better person. But, like most successful people, he used people like Kleenex, and his most loyal friends all derived their income and standard of of from him.,

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