Thursday, November 13, 2014

Imagine A World Without Steve Jobs...

Process that for a moment. Imagine there was no Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, Inc.

Imagine there was no Apple, Inc. Imagine a world without Apple computers, McIntosh computers, iPhones, iPads, iPods, iPad minis....

You don't own any Apple products, you say? Fair enough. How about the people you know? Do they? Do you own any kind of smart phone or android? Those products stemmed from Apple technology.

The fact is Steve Jobs was instrumental in many of the technological advances of the last 30 years or so. He was brilliant, innovative and savvy. And he almost never was.

Steve Jobs was adopted as an infant. His birth mother, a 23 year old college student, was in no position to keep and raise a baby when she became pregnant. According to Jobs himself, she "went through a difficult time" to have him. She could have aborted him and in this day and age, she very likely would have. Instead she chose to deliver her baby and give him away as an infant.

Jobs forgave his birth mother for giving him up and eventually, after his adoptive mother died, was able to track her down. When she met him she reportedly burst into tears, apologizing for putting him up for adoption. (Can you imagine finding out years later that the baby you gave away became a Steve Jobs or equivalent?)

“I wanted to meet her mostly to see if she was OK and to thank her, because I’m glad I didn’t end up as an abortion,” Jobs told a biographer. “She was 23 and she went through a lot to have me.”
“Don’t worry,” Jobs told his birth mother. “I had a great childhood. I turned out OK.”

It turned out that Jobs also had a natural sister who was born to his mother and birth father several years later. She and he became very close.

“As we got to know each other, we became really good friends and she was my family,” he said. “I don’t know what I’d do without her.”

My point of this is not to demand sweeping changes to the abortion laws in this country. Right or wrong I truly doubt that Rowe vs Wade will ever be changed. I don't believe the American people would go for its repeal after all these years and, as I said the other day, it's not something the Republicans should take on as an issue immediately. There are far too many other things that need immediate attention. I could be wrong but that's my humble opinion.

No, the point of this post is to get people to think. If you or someone you know is weighing the pros and cons of a possible abortion, share this little story with them - particularly if they happen to have a phone or an iPad. If Steve Jobs mother had aborted him there would be no Apple, Inc. Would we have an alternative? Possibly. But who's to say? Jobs was one of a kind and his contributions to the world are immeasurable. 

Steve Jobs was just one man but imagine what the world would be like today if his mother had made a different choice. Abortion is always a choice. The government allows it but doesn't force it to happen. That is up to each individual mother. It's just something to think about...

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