We all knew Steve Jobs was dying but it still came as a shock to hear that he had died.
Steve Jobs was the kind of genius that our society used to be good at producing. He was a child of the '60s who took LSD and dropped out of college (which he perceived to be a rip-off of his working-class parents). He started a company in his garage which ended as one of the most important companies in the world and changed our culture forever.
Although he worked in computers, he was never a techie. He was all about the human interface — the comprehensible graphics, the user-friendly click wheel, the product that you can take out of the box and use immediately, without reading a manual (who wants to do that?) or installing software.
Any middle-class parent today whose young-adult child followed Steve Jobs' path would be spitting tacks. Drop out of college, and then spend a year sleeping on your friends' floors and studying calligraphy? Travel to India and return as a Buddhist with a shaved head? No! Do your homework, take your AP classes, graduate from a top-tier college, and grab one of the few well-paid jobs left!
Creativity, innovation, and genius are fostered by freedom. Where will our next Steve Jobs come from?