Death and Eternity

Steve Jobs' speech at Stanford graduation is interesting. Besides boasting about how him dropping out of college has made proportional spaced fonts and typography a reality on both PC and Mac, also what a wonderful life he has achieved after getting fired by the company he founded. But the most amusing quote has to be from his third story, the story about life and death.

... I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

It sounds like Mr. Jobs have read his Bible! Unfortunately he only read the first 11 chapters of Ecclesiastes, and have especially omitted all the New Testament gospels where eternal life and eternal condemnation have been mentioned. Death is a certainty, so is the return of Jesus and the forthcoming Judgement. Ignoring the first certainty is foolish, according to Steve Jobs, where you have just wasted away your life - that is your earthly life. Ignoring the second certainty is even more foolish, according to the Bible, where you have just thrown away your Life - your eternal life.