One Life, An Entire World Changed

I can’t say I know all that much about Steve Jobs, aside from using his inventions daily. One fact I did not know about him until yesterday was that Steve Jobs was adopted. National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez wrote about his death and linked to the follow piece, which I find quite thought provoking.

Jobs’ birth mother, Joanne Schiebel, was an unmarried college student who got pregnant and would decide to give her child up for adoption.

It would not be overstating things to say that Steve Jobs is my generation’s Thomas Edison. As one observer put it, he knew what the world wanted before the world knew that it wanted it.

If you have an iPhone or an iPad or an iPod, or anything remotely resembling them, you can thank Steve Jobs.

If your world has been transformed by the ability to hear a symphony, send a letter, pay a bill, deposit a check, read a book and then buy theater tickets on something roughly the size of a credit card…you can thank Steve Jobs.

And: you can thank Joanne Schiebel.

If you want to know how much one life can matter, there is just one example.

But: imagine if that life had never happened.

Imagine if an unmarried pregnant college student 56 years ago had made a different choice.

Now, imagine all the unmarried pregnant college students who make that different choice today.

While some will be quick to point out that abortion was not a legal option in this country 56 years ago, but it was, nevertheless, an option.

Today the left equates abortion with “women’s rights” as if the act itself is as noble as voting, or refusing to give up your seat on a public bus. It’s a sad reflection on their values when even those who believe abortion should be a legal option try to silence those who wish to convince a potential mother that she should not walk through the doors of an abortion clinic. These people want the government out their bedroom or their uterus or whatever, but still want the government to fund abortions so this “choice” is even more accessible. They scoff at the idea that a child who needs a note from a parent to be excused from gym class should need parental consent in order to have an abortion…

But, as we can see, the left looks at abortion from the wrong perspective. Even they don’t believe life begins at conception they cannot deny a potential life with a whole world to contribute to exists in every unborn baby. Had Steve Jobs’ birth mother had the option, and took it, your life would be different today because the contributions made by one made actually did change the world.

16 thoughts on “One Life, An Entire World Changed

  1. js October 6, 2011 / 12:43 pm

    ha…sure glad he wasnt born in china…his mom would not have a choice…

  2. cory October 6, 2011 / 12:56 pm

    This is such a retarded argument. What if Hitler’s mom had gotten an abortion? Or Osama Bin Laden?

    • Cluster October 6, 2011 / 1:02 pm

      Or how about Ann Dunham?

      • js October 6, 2011 / 1:52 pm

        with hindsight before me…that might have changed the world

      • neocon1 October 6, 2011 / 2:15 pm



      • neocon1 October 6, 2011 / 3:29 pm

        D so are we,
        I would hate to only have read about useful idiot drones, and trolls in a book.

    • neocon1 October 6, 2011 / 2:14 pm


      or your mother?
      no great loss… less useful idiot.

      • David October 6, 2011 / 3:23 pm

        Don’t worry, Cory – I’m glad you were born!

    • tiredoflibbs October 7, 2011 / 7:03 am

      “This is such a retarded argument. What if Hitler’s mom had gotten an abortion? Or Osama Bin Laden?”

      Well, for one, liberal drones would not have the dumbed-down talking point that “obama killed osama”.

    • neocon1 October 6, 2011 / 6:24 pm

      New Low? MSNBC‘s Bashir Uses Steve Jobs’ Death to Blast Sarah Palin


      BOTH ABANDONED by their fathers……good muzzies eh?

  3. bozo October 6, 2011 / 5:16 pm

    (Cut and pasted from here)

    Jobs was the biological son of Joanne Simpson and Abdulfattah Jandali (a Syrian Muslim then graduate student in political science from Homs, which is now in revolt against the Baathist regime).

    That is, like Barack Obama, Jobs was the son of a Muslim.

    The conservative backlash of the past 30 years has put hundreds of thousands of people behind bars for drug use (though not for alcohol use, the licit dangerous drug), and Rick Perry’s insistence that the US is a Christian nation is an attempt to erase the Steve Jobses from American history. Herman Cain’s Islamophobia is an attempt to exclude people like Jobs’s biological father from American legitimacy. But you can’t take a Muslim Arab immigrant, a Hindu guru, Buddhist monks, and some little pills out of this great American success story without making nonsense of it. Multiculturalism and cultural and religious experimentation, not fundamentalism and racism, are what make America great. Jobs showed that they are not incompatible with that other American icon, business success. Contemporary conservatism has given us over-paid and under-regulated financiers who add no real value to anything, unlike Jobs. If the Perrys ever do succeed in remaking the US in their own image, it will be a much reduced, crippled America that can no longer lead the world in creative innovation.

    RIP, Steve, a great advocate for an Al Gore presidency, and as a fine progressive as there ever was.

    • neocon1 October 6, 2011 / 6:27 pm


      RIP, Steve, a great advocate for an Al Gore presidency, and as a fine progressive as there ever was

      in other words, an IDIOT SAVANT.

      • neocon1 October 6, 2011 / 6:40 pm

        Wozniak’s homemade computer drew attention from other enthusiasts, but Jobs saw its potential far beyond the geeky hobbyists of the time.

        The pair started Apple Computer Inc. in Jobs’ parents’ garage in 1976. According to Wozniak, Jobs suggested the name after visiting an “apple orchard” that Wozniak said was actually a commune.

        Wozniak and Jobs both left Apple in 1985. In Jobs’ case, it followed a clash with then-CEO John Sculley. Jobs resigned his post as chairman of the board and left Apple after being pushed out of his role leading the Macintosh team.

  4. cluster October 6, 2011 / 6:51 pm

    When Jobs was brought back to Apple, he cut philanthropic programs at Apple in order to restore profitability. Jobs was a greedy corporatist, and I love watching the libbies fawn over him.

    • neocon1 October 6, 2011 / 7:01 pm

      Jobs attended Cupertino Junior High and Homestead High School in Cupertino, California. He frequented after-school lectures at the Hewlett-Packard Company in Palo Alto, California, and was later hired there, working with Steve Wozniak as a summer employee.[35]

      Following high school graduation in 1972, Jobs enrolled at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Although he dropped out after only one semester,[36] he continued auditing classes at Reed, while sleeping on the floor in friends’ rooms, returning Coke bottles for food money, and getting weekly free meals at the local Hare Krishna temple.[15] Jobs later said, “If I had never dropped in on that single calligraphy course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts.”[15]

      In the fall of 1974, Jobs returned to California and began attending meetings of the Homebrew Computer Club with Wozniak. He took a job as a technician at Atari, a manufacturer of popular video games, with the primary intent of saving money for a spiritual retreat to India.

      Jobs then traveled to India to visit the Neem Karoli Baba[37] at his Kainchi Ashram with a Reed College friend (and, later, the first Apple employee), Daniel Kottke, in search of spiritual enlightenment. He came back a Buddhist with his head shaved and wearing traditional Indian clothing.[38][39] During this time, Jobs experimented with psychedelics, calling his LSD experiences “one of the two or three most important things [he had] done in [his] life”.[40] He later said that people around him who did not share his countercultural roots could not fully relate to his thinking.[40]

      Jobs returned to his previous job at Atari and was given the task of creating a circuit board for the game Breakout.

      According to Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, Atari had offered $100 for each chip that was eliminated in the machine.

      Jobs had little interest in or knowledge of circuit board design and made a deal with Wozniak to split the bonus evenly between them if Wozniak could minimize the number of chips. Much to the amazement of Atari, Wozniak reduced the number of chips by 50, a design so tight that it was impossible to reproduce on an assembly line.

      According to Wozniak, Jobs told Wozniak that Atari had given them only $700 (instead of the actual $5,000) and that Wozniak’s share was thus $350.

      a REAL liberal indeed…..

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