Originally Posted by digitalclips
I agree and I suspect his personal beliefs had a lot to do with that, I am meaning spiritually. Being an atheist myself I do find his belief system worth reading more about, it seems to have made Steve an exceptional human being.
Same here, but holding back on the "atheist" part. Not that I have any truck whatsoever with the Indo-European/Abrahamic patriarchal war/mountain/storm god.
But the Be Here Now
version of spirituality discovered by Leary, Alpert and Metzner in the 60s, and Huxley and Watts in the 50s, this is the deep insight into reality that Jobs partook of, as Isaacson repeatedly tells us, that goes a ways toward explaining him. Not entirely, of course, one would have had to hung out with him. And then no one can really be "explained" anyway.
If you find out anything, I hope you'll let us know. I'd like to find out about the Zen master he was studying with for awhile, was it the 90s? (I can't look it up right now.) My general sense of the Jobsian worldview is that he had Blake's vision: If the Doors of Perception
are cleansed, we will see the world as it is, infinite. There's a need to share that insight if you are given it, which is why Huxley titled his book with that phrase.
Anyway, we're a long way from Bill Gates' vision, but bless him for being friends with Steve to the end, and what's more having a good time talking with him.