Oct 12, 2011

What's the point?

Ok, so off goes Jobs.
While some of us (moi included) have already bid him farewell in our own inimitable ways, much of the world are still obsessed about him.

Why all the fuss? I ask myself.
Does he really deserve all this fawning and adoration?
While we are still debating on this, nearly every new age gadget geek worth his iPoop wants him to be declared the 'Greatest'. Really?

For a want to adore, we rush to label people, places and events with adjectives that far outweigh their significance.
Why do we rush to heap superlatives?
Encourage. Don't idolize. Recognize. Don't immortalize.

In an average day, you'd be bombarded with commercials that proclaim to sell the greatest, the best and fastest, the smartest, the thinnest, the fattest and everything awesome.
You'd meet people who think they are the best thing since sliced bread and events that are 'to die for'. But at the end of the day, does all of this really make a difference to our lives?

The greatest people are those who could've but didn't want to make a bunch of money for themselves but chose to give it all away while still remaining anonymous.
The greatest events are those that made a positive change in humanity.
The greatest products are those that helped mankind while their inventors chose to remain unrewarded.
Our rich history is replete is many instances of brave and strong men and women who did things in their lives that were truly selfless and great.
They are not be your typical Page 3 personality. They definitely didn't make money and most of them perhaps lived very simple lives.

Greatness is not a term that we can afford to use to describe a very gifted entrepreneur.
The Bible defines a great person as whoever humbles himself/herself the most. 
(Matt. 20:26-28)
In a world that is weeping, surely we have a million ways to be truly great.

So while the world fetes and mourns about their celebrities, there is ten other people who are working in slums and villages and among people that time and the rest of the world forgot, striving to make the difference in their lives. 

Off the hat, I could think of Abraham Lincoln, MK Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Louis Pasteur, Jonas Salk and a couple of dozen others as those who truly deserve to be called 'Great'. As for the others, the true test of greatness will lie in how history recognizes them for the wonderful way they improved the life of their fellow human beings.
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