I think it's sad when people die. Especially creative geniuses. (This is my preface...hoping to cover my ass a little).
I am already so incredibly tired of hearing about Steve Jobs. Yes, he was a visionary. Yes, a genius. He was so good at creating material things that the masses flocked to purchase.
I realize that it wasn't always like that, but that's what it is now. He worked hard to create the Apple empire, and I applaud that.
And maybe this is where I will come across as, well, bitchy. But...does every Facebook status update have to be "RIP Steve Jobs"? Does every news story have to be about him?
He wasn't a scientist. He wasn't creating life-saving technology. He made an iPod. iPhone. iPad. All those other stupid things with an "i" in the front.
They are TOYS. They are not necessary to human function. Sure, they make doing things convenient. Hell, I own an iPod and an Apple computer (it is nearly 10 years old, however. A relic.).
I guess what aggravates me the most is that there are REAL tragedies occurring right now. People you know are struggling. Friends of people you know.
YOU DIDN'T KNOW STEVE JOBS.
What this all comes down to is this:
I have posted the link to Jasmine's Hopeful Heart Facebook page multiple times on Facebook. I have given some brief details of little Jasmine's battle. Several of my friends have liked the page.
More of my friends have posted things like, "RIP Steve Jobs" last night and today.
A baby needs a heart. A baby who hasn't had a chance to build her billion dollar empire yet. Her parents aren't Steve Jobs. They can't just buy a new heart for her.
Maybe people see my post and then think something like,
"Why should I like that? It won't give that baby a new heart."
Well, no, it won't. Or will it?
Bringing attention to Jasmine's story is exactly the kind of thing that may in fact get her a new heart. The more "fans" of Jasmine's page on Facebook, the more people that can potentially learn about her story. The more people that know, the greater chances of her receiving a private donation heart.
Not only does that simple "like" bring awareness to Jasmine's story, but to organ donation as a whole. Organ donation is a way to save a life. And there aren't enough donors.
A major Las Vegas news channel is coming to interview Jasmine's mom and will do a story on Jasmine. This is huge! This ONE news story may help Jasmine get the heart she needs so that she may LIVE.
But for the next couple of days, let's clog the newsfeeds and TV broadcasts with the story of Steve Jobs.
I just don't get it.