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Value of Life and Death

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Job’s argument on the value of life and death is to pursue what you love. Jobs didn’t know what he wanted to do in college, he had changed his major multiple times but he knew what he loved to do but knew that the worst thing that could happen might turn out to be the best thing that could happen. I do believe that you should pursue what you love cause for myself I found what I love by accident but as I look back on it, I start to realize something bad had to happen so I can prepare myself for what was to come.

Jobs and Hamlet had some differences. For example, Jobs believed that everyone has a purpose in this life and wanted people to seek whatever they once dreamed of in their past, Jobs gave many reasons why life is worth living. Hamlet contemplates life and death and seeks another way out of life. Jobs had stated that “You have to trust in something, your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.” while on the other hand, Hamlet said “There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”. Hamlet was a depressed person and was looking vengeance against Claudius. I believe that there really weren’t any comparisons between the two, I saw more differences looking at both of their mindsets and attitudes towards life.

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Jobs and Ebert had more things in common with each other. They both knew they didn’t have much time left on Earth, they started to realize and look back on events that had to happen so they are where they were at that time, just like what Jobs said “you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”, this quote on its own has affected me on a personal level because I know that I can’t connect the dots looking forward and I just gotta trust that all of the dots connect in my future. Now for Ebert, he had spent more than thirty months in the hospital and could no longer eat or drink then had lost his voice entirely. He’d been through it all, Ebert was aware that his life was coming to an end and had said “What I am grateful for is the gift of intelligence, and for life, love, wonder, and laughter.” Ebert was grateful for his life and enjoyed all of his life memories. Both Jobs and Ebert were men who enjoyed what they did in their life and wouldn’t trade it for anything else in this world. Steve Job’s story made rethink your life decisions and Ebert’s story made you think of everything you take for granted each day such as speaking, walking, and many other features we all have as humans, but we all won’t know what it feels like to be in their position until something we love is taken from us.

Ever since I’ve heard of Steve Jobs, I’ve always been inspired by his work and mentality. Jobs is someone who believes that every single person should act on their dreams, one of his quotes that had shifted my mindset was when he said “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already Naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” this quote alone inspired me to really just pursue what I love, even though I may not look qualified for this passion, I really have nothing to lose because someone else’s opinion should not affect what you choose or do. Volunteering to help the homeless and provide them with something like blankets or socks makes a huge difference to them because they don’t have everything we do, it really does make you think of everything you have and be grateful for your life and parents who provide for you.

Applying all of this to my future will affect my outlook on life. I grew up not really knowing what it was like to be without something because everything I wanted was provided for me. My parents made sure that we as a family didn’t struggle financially because they had been through it all as children and knowing that they might get a meal throughout the day was a terrible feeling to them. The same mindset my parents have is what I want, knowing that I won’t see my parents every day when I move out is something that will be tough for me at first but I know I’ll make it without them and take every single piece of advice they’ve given me to heart. As a society, we should take or consider advice that people who have been through hard times give, just like what Steve Jobs said “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”, people should really follow their heart. I’ve met many people who are working jobs that don’t enjoy going to, that feeling is something I don’t want so I’ll do whatever I can to follow my heart’s desire. The deeper meaning of all this is that we don’t that much time on this earth, we all have a purpose in our life. One phrase that has stuck with him since I heard it was that the things that excite you are not random, they are connected to your purpose, follow them.

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