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you really think that "anyone who has not been an absolute saint their entire life" is a equivalent to "Devoid of any kind of feelings towards anyone else, he shouts, screams, cries and sulks his way through his petulant life"?

because i don't. i think there's quite a difference. everyone can be an arsehole sometimes, sure. but that doesn't excuse those that are consistently unpleasant. there's a clear difference. so you can distance yourself from the latter without having any problems with the former.

If anyone believes that Steve Jobs was "devoid of any kind of feelings towards anyone else" they are only fooling themselves. Painting him in a universally negative light is just as naïve as painting him in a universally positive one. Few things are black & white, and fewer humans are 100% good or bad.


In 30 years, I've never seen the kind of people who hate Steve Jobs or hate Apple be honest about either.

> Devoid of any kind of feelings towards anyone else, he shouts, screams, cries and sulks his way through his petulant life

Sounds like full-on Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Various people who knew Steve have also said that he must have had this.

As far as I can see, it's probably true.

I don't think it's right to attribute malice to the man if it's the case. Neither is it right to insist that someone be prevented from being successful in business because they have something wrong with their brain.

"Sounds like full-on Narcissistic Personality Disorder."

And/Or some OCD and some kind of autistic spectrum disorder, combined with early success which probably encouraged or reinforced some things that a regular person would have to learn to avoid doing.

Nobody who's actually read anything written by Jobs, or read any number of excerpts from interviews, etc., could believe that he is what you are describing.

Case in point: his Stanford commencement speech.


Most brilliant people are hard to work with -- look at Edison, or hell, Mother Theresa. She was famously horrible and designed a system that actually created suffering.

Jobs hurt a few people's feelings because he screamed at them. And yet he obviously thought deeply about love and life, and cared for his family and close friends.

Boo fucking hoo.

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