15 OCTOBER 2011


The Magician, as Steve Jobs was described by a farewell cover on the Economist, was so many things to so many people. A most creative talent, an entertainer, a spiritual muse, a technology wizard, a communications revolutionary, a popular leader who heed what his people needed, an American dream, a public relations genius, a superb manager, a most successful businessman, a fabulous Cinderella story from rags to billions, a geek's geek, a voice of the future, a turtleneck without baggage. He fitted everyone's perception and everyone's fantasy.

The real leader of the Third Millennium, Steve Jobs has somehow changed everyone's life. Everyone aboard Planet Earth and beyond sought to connect with him because he sought to connect with all of us. He was not just creative or clever or successful, but he was a real human being hoping to reach out to all humankind. His deep affection to all of us -- though no one in particular -- inspired his vision not just to connect, but to entertain. He facilitated the way we contact one another while hoping that -- as we did so -- we smiled. His personal tragedy, his childhood separation from his biological parents, his deadly illness at a relatively young age, were contained within his own sphere. It was perhaps because of his profound inner pain that he was determined to spread joy; because of his early estrangement that he wanted us all to belong; because of his loneliness that he conceived what brought people together.

There was no one like him in our time. He connected us like real people.

Steve would habitually, almost unconsciously, repeat the word "insanely." He was always "insanely honoured, insanely impressed," or "insanely disappointed." At his passing away, he will surely be insanely missed.