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If today were the last day of your life


After seven years of battling pancreatic cancer, Steve Jobs has died at age 56, leaving behind a legacy of technological innovation and imagination for generations to come.
Fans and followers are mourning the passing of the Apple visionary and founder of one of the most successful businesses in the world with memorials and testimonies, often created with devices that Jobs invented.
Personally, my mother has often mocked that we should have bought stock in Apple long ago, with the numerous iPods, iBooks, iPhones and so on that have wandered through our house.
My high school was Mac-only before it was cool to be Mac and provided every student with a laptop.
Even many who have stayed true to the PC still have an iPod. There’s no escaping the reach of Jobs.
Some of the statements following his death, however, focus more on the religious aspect of the afterlife than his accomplishments before his death.
Margie Phelps, daughter of the founder of Westboro Baptist Church, announced Wednesday night that the church planned to picket Jobs’ funeral, as they have in the past with multiple soldiers and public figures to further their hateful agenda.
Phelps took a new approach to her delivery, skipping the fluffy press release and tweeting “Westboro will picket his (Jobs’) funeral. He had a huge platform; gave God no glory and taught sin.”
The church can frequently be found babbling about how God hates gays near any kind of event that will attract the most attention, even if it has nothing to do with homosexuality.
They’re also against war, America and whatever else can possibly make them controversial.
The more stunning part of her announcement was not what she said, but how it was sent to the world. Nestled under her controversial tweet was the line: “via Twitter for iPhone.”
After being widely criticized (as the church members often are for their outlandish statements), her response was that the iPhone had been created by God (not Jobs) to inform the world that Jobs was in hell. She even crafted the handy hashtag “#hellgreetedhim.”
Across the social networking platform, some users are bashing Jobs and his choice to dedicate his life to technology instead of theology.
“Following Jesus Christ is the only thing that matters in the end,” a Facebook user said at the end of a long rant about his lack of Christianity that she had posted not from her iPhone, but her iPad.
To use his work to belittle and discredit Jobs is not only a slap in the face, but also an incidental testament to the products he spent his life perfecting.
Without that iPhone, chances are you wouldn’t know he was dead yet, anyway.
The morning papers hadn’t been printed and the nightly news hadn’t aired yet.
Your hatred tears down people who are different than you, which I get — but the fact is, Jobs is an average, white heterosexual man who happened to change the world (mine and yours) forever.
His last full day on earth was dedicated to the release of the iPhone 4S, set to release later this month, which eerily matched one of Jobs’ more famous (and, as always, inspiring) quotes:
“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”
Release one final technological advancement to millions of people who will never forget you? I think so, sir.
iLove you, Steve Jobs. Rest in peace.

Amelia Camurati is a journalism senior from Memphis. Follow her on Twitter @acamurati.