Jobs was reported to have said, “Doing LSD was one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life.” — New York Times reporter John Markoff, who interviewed him for his 2005 book What the Doormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer.
He actually suggested that some of his associates were not creative enough because they never indulged LSD. He joined many others in the West in exploiting and corrupting Eastern Religions (laced with ‘Acid’) far, far away from the actual teachings of the Buddha.
It is telling that Jobs would not let his children near computers when they were young, though he knew very well what was happening to the rest of us. Creating “new realities”.
Our only hope, perhaps, in the midst of this tempestuous technological matrix is to attempt, even at this late hour, to steer it away from narcissism and luring decadence. Maybe.
Already Facebook has in place algorithms which limit a user’s potential “reach” even among Friends, so that one ends daily in a small echo chamber ghetto.
How do we break out of it? The attractive inspirations of true art, spirituality and moral aspirations can help us… Maybe.