Chief Rabbi Lashes out at Late Apple Founder

November 21, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The late Apple founder, Steve Jobs, seems to have incurred the wrath of the Chief Rabbi. The root of mankind’s aggressive and selfish consumerist culture is being blamed on the recently deceased man, whom the world looks upon as a pioneer in technology.

The Daily Mail is ablaze with the Chief Rabbi’s attack on the late Steve Jobs, during a speech at which the Her Majesty, The Queen of England herself was present. According to him, Jobs helped create a selfish consumer culture that has only produced unhappiness.

“The consumer society was laid down by the late Steve Jobs coming down the mountain with two tablets, iPad one and iPad two, and the result is that we now have a culture of iPod, iPhone, iTune, i, i, i. When you’re an individualist, egocentric culture and you only care about ‘i’, you don’t do terribly well.” said Lord Sacks.

Lord Sack’s theory is that all the advertising showed shoppers what they didn’t have instead of making them grateful for what they have. He warned that a culture that only cared about itself won’t get very far along.

Faith and time spent with family are, according to him, the only way to true happiness. Now, that’s not something we are denying.

Faith and family are important. True. But getting some shopping done or eyeing a new gadget wouldn’t exactly cause unhappiness or a rift in family values.

Wonder what Jobs would have said on hearing the Chief Rabbi’s speech. I somehow can’t get the connection between lack of faith and gadget-makers.

I rather think its strong faith that enabled geniuses like Jobs to come up with innovations. So to blame Jobs for the consumer societies actions do seem a little off track.

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