Did Steve Jobs believe in God? His answer to this question was a little confusing
The Silicon Valley has always been somewhat divided when it comes to god and religious beliefs. While some like Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates have loosely expressed their belief in God, others like Tesla founder Elon Musk have rejected the notion altogether. Then there are people like the Apple's legendary co-founder Steve Jobs who believed in a higher consciousness but not necessarily god.
Lisa Brennan-Jobs, Jobs' daughter from his high-school sweetheart Chrisann Brennan, recently wrote a memoir called Small Fry, describing her life with her famous father. In her book, which came out earlier this year, Lisa talks about a lot of things related to her father that not only give an insider picture of the kind of person he was but also reveals his beliefs and ideology.
At one point in the book, Brennan-Jobs reveals what the co-founder of Apple thought about God and religion.
It was shortly after Lisa's fourteenth birthday when Jobs surprised her by visiting her in a small countryside town near Hiroshima during her school trip to Japan. While rest of her class carried on with the host of activities planned for them, Lisa was excused to spend the day with Jobs. It was during her day with him, she questions Jobs if he believed in God.
Jobs replied by revealing he did believe in God but not in the conventional sense. "Yes, but not in the ordinary sense I believe there's something. Some presence. Consciousness. It's like a wheel," he said.
Jobs, as Lisa explained, then crouched on the ground and drew a circle on tatami. He then drew another circle within the original circle. "The wheel has nodes at different points, something greater on the outside, the outside and the inside connected," Jobs tried explaining to Lisa even as he himself lost the point later. "Anyway, it's simple," he said ending the discussion about the topic.
From Lisa's description it seems that Jobs believed in the cycle of consciousness. A system with a consciousness where a constant energy is maintained all the time.
Interestingly, belief in this supreme power or cosmic energy is somewhat similar to what Gates believe. "To say that it (the world) was generated by random numbers, that does seem, you know, sort of an uncharitable view I think it makes sense to believe in God, but exactly what decision in your life you make differently because of it, I don't know," the Microsoft founder told Rolling Stones magazine in an interview in 2014.