Most days this blog is focused on the coming presidential election, yet today is given to the poignant drama of two people whose health has interrupted their stunning lives. One is Steve Jobs, stepping down as CEO of Apple, the other Pat Summitt, one of the great basketball coaches of history.
Steve Jobs, an innovative and entrepreneurial genius, will be ranked with Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Pat Summitt, coach of the Lady Vols, the basketball team of the University of Tennessee, changed the lives of all she touched. The world would be poorer had either not come into it.
Jobs will continue as Apple’s chairman of the board, Summitt, as head coach, assisted by the staff she built over the years. Both are at ages, Jobs 56, Summitt, 60, when a person in good health has physical and mental energy plus experience attained only by living. The prime of life. Their premature loss is a reminder that we will all vanish, as will our planet one day be vaporized by a dying sun, and humankind, perhaps confined to this solar system, perhaps dispersed into the stars, will inevitably merge with the timeless abyss of infinity. Does it matter in the end whether one is a snarling grabber for power, or lives a life dedicated to one’s fellow beings?
Whatever the choice, at this moment, the impending loss of two outstanding
human beings calls only for quiet contemplation.
May not post again until after Hurricane Irene pays it visit to New York City. Stay dry!.