But [cancer] didn’t just rob Jobs. It robbed us too. That’s why people who haven’t met the man care so deeply. Not only is his early death a sad story, it takes away a man who will go down as one of the greatest innovators of not only our time, but of any time. And while you could certainly argue that someone like Michael Jackson contributed great art to the world — he did — he hadn’t done anything significant in nearly 20 years at the time of this death. Steve Jobs was in his prime when it came to his trade, when he passed away.
It’s both sad and frustrating to think about what we’re going to miss in terms of innovation over the next 20 years because Jobs won’t be here.
I’m skipping most Steve Jobs retrospectives and eulogies now because, frankly, I’m burnt out on the unexpectedly significant sadness that I feel about Steve’s death.
But even if you’re similarly burned out, this one’s worth reading.