Saturday, March 10, 2007

Do we have compassion for the poor?

Do we have compassion for the poor?

I saw this link in the YC newsgroup; it is the text of a speech by Apple's Steve Jobs.

I did not know he was adopted:

My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: "We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?" They said: "Of course." My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final
adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.

A few days ago, he was listed in Forbes as one of the world's richest men.

It wasn't all romantic. I didn't have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends' rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it.

I couldn't help thinking that if a Christian family had shown him kindness and hospitality when he was poor and hungry - instead of the Hindu temple, I wonder what could have been?


John said...

Because somehow a "Christian" family would have raised him to be a better person? Give me a break. That's an unnecessary statement to make.

The point is that he did VERY well for himself because he was smart and driven. He also was fortunate to grow up in a loving family. To say that he could have been somehow a better person if he had been raised in a "Christian" family is ridiculous.

Anil Philip said...

If a Christian family had fed Steve Jobs (I did not say 'adopt') and been kind to him when he was poor, then who knows, he might have become a follower of Christ.

John said...

and my point is simply that someone showed him kindness. WHy does Christian kindness matter more than Hindu kindness?

Anil Philip said...

because I want him to be part of the kingdom of heaven, and working to advance the kingdom of heaven.

Anonymous said...

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