Did Steve Jobs commit suicide?

Apparently not. He died by a natural cause related to the illness he’d been suffering. But what if he really did commit suicide?
That’s a dumb question. Coz Jobs was actually against suicide. If he wanted to, he’d have committed suicide long ago, when he was diagnosed with the terminal illness. But he didn’t. He wanted to live and continue the legacy he carried on. Which he did. The world got at least half-a-dozen innovations because Jobs chose to live.
He also addressed the sensitive issue of Foxconn suicides last year and made sure everyone took relevant measures to prevent the tragedy from continuing.
The moral? Suicide is stupid if you’re a well-known public figure. It’s only for losers who have nothing to offer to this world.
RIP Steve Jobs.

8 responses on “Did Steve Jobs commit suicide?

  1. Chavie

    His views on death are fascinating.

    “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything, all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

    If he committed suicide every time he failed, and failed badly, the world wouldn’t have Pixar, Mac OSX wouldn’t be the UNIX-based beauty that it is (hell, Apple would’ve been dead by now) and iPods and iPads would never have been around. He was tougher than that. He didn’t let anyone else tell him what to do, not failure, not death.

  2. Danny Shaw

    Euthanasia for the terminally ill is not suicide. There is no way to pass away “peacefully” from pancreatic cancer, as his family says he did. ANYONE who has seen someone pass away from cancer knows this.

  3. S. B.

    Pancreatic cancer is extremely painful. I would not pass judgement on someone who chooses to up their morphine dosage to permanently get past the extreme pain and pass peacefully.

  4. Manoj De Silva

    Come to think of it, Steve must have considered suicide very early in his life.Even before his sickness.It says in early 1970s…

    quote”It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it.” unquote-(Stanford Commencent Adresss, 12 June 2005)

    “…..l, and it wasn‟t be fore 1974 that he got his first job at a young video game company called Atari. He was hired despite his neglected look and bad smell because Atari was growing fast and be cause it was Silicon Valley, but, after a while, he was only allowed to work by night so he wouldn‟t bother his fellow colleagues.

    …One day, he came to see his boss at Atari, Al Alcorn, and asked him for money to go make a spiritual journey in India. Alcorn agreed (only in exchange of a little rewiring work for him to do in Germany). So in the summer of 1974, Steve left with one of his best friends from Reed, Dan Kottke. But after a month spent in the midst of poverty, visiting guru after guru without finding any spiritual enlightenment, Steve and Dan‟s opinion about the search for truth had changed quite a bit. “We weren‟ t going to find a place where we could go for a month to be enlightened. It was one of the first times that I started to realize that maybe thomas Edison did a lot more to improve the world than Karl Marx and Neem Kairolie Baba put together.” (quoted in Michael Moritz’s “The Little Kingdom”)”

    Had he ever considered suicide as a ending to the troubles in his life the above period would have been the ideal time.But he returned from India as zen Buddhist .Ironically he (first became depressed) ,1)went on a spiritual journey ,2)became a Buddhist and 3)end up diagnosed with the terminal illness.Usually it happens 1)Someone get diagnosed with a terminal illness (become depressed) 2)Go in search for spiritual relief 3)Become a religious person :-)

    So I don’t think he ever thought of a suicide after getting diagnosed with cancer.

    Quote “When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then,for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

    From the above one can even doubt if he ever was suicidal through out his life because he had a very clear understanding of death from an early age.

    Celebrities like Jobs who are at the top of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs usually have very noble expectations and look in to more of self-actualization rather than negativity in life.But then again we can see the same Celebrities are more pron to commit suicide coz sometimes they feel they have no valid reason to live and nothing more to achieve in this lifetime.

    Finally I’m sincerely glad he didn’t commit suicide- May him attain Nibbana

  5. Derek

    The creator of this post is the idiot. Suicide is for those who can imagine no other way of living. Too many people think (or don’t think at all) make the internet their soapbox and explain to the world exactly what’s wrong and why.

  6. Howard Ackers

    I have (had) stage 4 colon cancer! When I found out I told the oncologist to “nuke me till I glow”
    The oncologist told me that in my case thet can’t use radiation so I went with THE MOST AGRESSIVE TREATMENT AVAILABLE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!! Bottom line, I’m still alive and have a life expectancy of over two years from the surgery! Steve Jobs on the other hand is DEAD!
    I take this as proof that I”M SMARTER THAN STEVE JOBS!!!!

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