Steve Jobs hated dogma — which is why he was no true visionary

October 09, 2011

In 2005, Steve Jobs told the graduating students at Stanford University that the secret that defined his every action, decision and creation was the belief that one should "not be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking" ("Steve Jobs: the creator's creator," Oct. 7).

Yet that did not make him a visionary but rather shortsighted and narcissistic, for it fails to honor the debt we all owe to those who went before us, those who laid the groundwork for progress and who challenged us with their magnificent ideas and achievements.

Indeed, the rejection of dogma has led to moral relativism and the demise of Western civilization. Ultimately, the great achievements of technology are liberating and contribute to the progress of mankind only if they are joined to the attitudes of purity, honesty and faith in God.

Elwood Shanks, Baltimore

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