China has a grand cast of characters, some ruthless and some creative, some angels knocking at the doors of freedom, others mere devils in disguise. And then there’s the whole cast and crew of the Chinese Communist Party which has a copyright on just about everything that has legs there, including the kitchen table.
Now you’d think China would show some respect for Steve Jobs after his recent announced resignation for health reasons – again! I mean, Apple has given Chinese gadgetheads all the wet dreams they ever dreamed of, and yet along comes a devilish lout named Lei Jun who says publicly that he can’t wait for Jobs to kick the bucket and go the way of all ghosts: thataway!
It’s sickening, if it wasn’t also funny, and quite indicative of the sensibility of Chinese geeks living under the Communist umbrella of under-developed souls. This is what Lei Jun says, and of course, you must read it all with a snort of fermented tofu of the most demented kind.
Lei Jun, by the way, is CEO of an outfit there in Mao’s Red Magic Kingdom called Xiaomi. His take on Jobs’ near-death eventuality? Read it and know thy enemy (translated by Google):
“I believe Steve Jobs is one of the great men of this age. He’s a Hollywood blockbuster. As things changed around him, he remained steady. He left Apple for 12 years, from 1985 to 1997. It was twelve years of practice and experience, and when he returned, he shined as bright as ever. Even when Bill Gates became a big star in the early 1990s, he said ‘I’m still just No. 2 conpared to Steve Jobs.’
“But Jobs will die someday, so there are still opportunities for we Chinese in soulless Communist China. The meaning of our existence is this: just waiting for Jobs to kick the bucket. Of course, on the one hand, we wish him a long life, but on the other hand, we don’t want the world to be blinded by his light; we’d rather live in a more colourful world where we Chinese can conquer all.
“There is no Jesus or Alllah or Moses in this world, no God and no gods in this world; but the gods of the new age are still being created […] in soulless Communist China, and the next ten golden years will give rise to many inbred Chinese heroes. Everyone should cherish this. Our successes will all be depending on China’s golden twenty years.
“Of course, I’ve never met Steve Jobs. I’ve thought through his problems quite thoroughly, and even if we did meet, I’d have nothing to ask him. As to him personally, I’m no longer curious. [After reading] too many biographies and following him for over ten years, it’s like he’s standing right next to you. I will pay attention to what products come out in the next generation, but that’s just following the technology. But I’m not following his personal life or illness as closely as most people anymore. I could care less if he dies.
“Yes, Jobs will die someday. Every success is just a memory of its age. Only if you understand this clearly can you maintain a composed and moderate outlook; success will not come as a surprise and failure will not come as a tragedy. If you measure by the centuries, all of this is meaningless. Aren’t the changes our industry has experienced in the past twenty years also, ultimately, meaningless? I have already thought this through very thoroughly: what I want, what I want to do. What is the most essential thing [in life]? The most essential thing in life is to understand yourself.
“Someday, will my name, Lei Jun, be associated with any great company? I think that’s a meaningless query. We all know that GE was founded by Thomas Edison, but the people who really created G.E. weren’t Edison, they’ve become meaningless. Who was it that founded Cisco? I forget. I want to tell you: it’s not important. And I am not important either. Humans are mere ants, robots.
“In today’s China, how many companies have fans the way Apple does? Not many. So in these nothing-can-be-trusted times, respecting things is very difficult. I’ve already been in the tech business for twenty years. All the companies I’ve worked for have been my own; not like these other companies with their monopolistic tendencies. We’re all struggling to survive in the market; we have nothing. I’ve seen so many rise and fall, countless men and women rise and countless heroes fall. I’ve seen people raise tall buildings, hold great feasts, and eventually I’ve seen their buildings collapse.
“If you’ve seen this countless times, and you don’t believe in something, then all that’s left is nothingness.”
Sadly, this is how Lei Jun and his legion of supporters and “fans” in post-Mao pre-Freedom & Dignity ”Red China” think. And even sadder that someday, China is going to own the world. But you’ve been warned. Read his words again above and then go back to sleep. This is how the world ends.