Oct 6, 2011

‘Death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it’ – What motivated Steve Jobs

With the sad news of the death of  Apple co-founder Steve Jobs quite a number of people are quoting from his commencement speech given at Stanford in 2005.

Here’s a sample (full text available here)

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.’

For any Christian reading what stands out is that what motivated Jobs, at least in part, is the shortness of life and the inevitability of his own death.

Apart from the events of Easter day Jobs is surely right to say ‘death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it.’ But Christ’s resurrection changes everything. Because of him we can truly ‘think different’.

Jesus not only escaped death, but defeated death and transcended death. What a tragedy that it appears that Jobs never came to that understanding.




  • My thoughts exactly. I watched the full video last night and read this blog today. What’s his one answer for how to live since you are going to die? Forsake all else and live for yourself, your own desires, and your own purposes. Which strictly speaking is justifiable if that passion is the glory of Jesus Christ otherwise it is idolatry. Thanks for sharing the post. I enjoy reading your blog and I can’t remember how I found it.

    • Thanks for your comments, Buddy.

  • Life is like a video game we all play. Steve Job’s game came to an end and he’s off somewhere playing again.

    Google simulated reality.

  • Wow. You’re really going to judge that speech on the basis that he didn’t take into account that one of us is Jesus? Jesus is gone now, and I’m fairly certain there is not another child of God in our midst today. Everyone on the earth right now will die, and none of them will resurrect.

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