RIP – Steve Jobs

What does Steve Jobs death mean? The Ugly Truth.

To start, let me say I love Apple products and think Steve Jobs did an amazing job as an inventor and innovator.  This isn’t about him as a man, its about what his death means, so don’t write me hate mail about how awesome he was, you have no argument here.

Let’s start with the facts.  Steve Jobs had pancreatic cancer.  One year survival is 20%.  Five year survival is 4%.  Those are pretty sucky odds.  I’ve had a friend die of pancreatic cancer, and after fighting hard and going through a Whipple (surgical removal of the head of the pancreas) he sucommed to the disease.  So again I’m not being a bastard here.

The bottom line, that I found really depressing was that no matter how much money you have, your still going to die.  Steve Jobs had a rare form of pancreatic cancer, and had the best healthcare you could buy, including a liver transplant.  And he still only survived eight years after his diagnosis.

I was secretly hoping that if I ever became a billionaire I’d get let into the club and find out we didn’t have to continue to get older and die.  I guess it’s really not realistic, no matter how much money you have.

I guess that’s just the ugly truth.