Life is a loop, or a loop on connected dots?

我开着车,转下高速公路,GPS这次还比较准确,直接就把我们带到了Infinite Loop。1号,无限环。

苹果。

Marc下了车,东张西望地看,说,“苹果的这地方看上去怎么和奔驰的总部挺像的。”也许吧,都是干净整洁绿树环绕的郊区中的一片玻璃建筑物。大门前停了几辆赛车,几个人零零落落地站着边上,看着。这点也有些象奔驰。不过,所有这些车上都印着大字,Electric。造型都挺怪异的电力赛车。从来没听说苹果要进入汽车制造业,不知道这些车辆为什么停在这儿,也许是苹果人的新玩具。当然,如果苹果开始造些车,也许也会立刻有一堆的粉丝们排队等着购买。

也许是个不错的主意。现在的车辆反正越来越象小电脑了。而苹果的系统放在车里,估计要比微软的Windows放在车里,要让人放心得多。

Marc虽然有二十几个小时没睡了,不过精神看上去还挺兴奋。前天晚上,我在MSN上说,“苹果确认了我和乔布斯的会。要不你也来硅谷转转,一起过去?” Marc说,“让我想想。”

5分钟后,他回了句,“我明天就从上海出发。”我估计这世界上几乎可以说是Marc的偶像的,也就是乔布斯了吧。

不到一个小时的会。这么说吧,他确实就是传说中的那个乔布斯。

开完会,我们下楼。Marc在一楼的苹果company store转悠,买些纪念品。我站在那儿,忽然想起,12年前的1995,我从纽约开着我那辆500美元的小破车绕美国转了一圈的那次,来加州的时候,我曾经开到这里。没有什么印象了,不过我记得,那时候我绕着The Infinite Loop转了一圈,然后开走了。乔布斯和Sculley的故事,在80年代的中国就已经是很让人熟知。那大约就是我为什么特别开来这里一趟的原因。说来也奇怪,那时候我根本不知道微软已经是一个巨型公司,互联网公司们正要开始在硅谷爆发,而苹果在1995年是完全一副病入膏肓的模样。乔布斯回到苹果,要到1997年。

怎么样也不会想到,12年后,苹果会起死回生,如日中天。而12年前那个到此一游的小孩现在又站在了1号,无限环。

想起乔布斯在斯坦福的演讲,说的人生故事的第一,Connecting Dots。大意说,一个人生命的所作所为的一点一滴,只能在事后,回头去看,才能发现它们其实都是关联的。在事前,这些行为,可能一点关系都没有。只能事后回顾的时候,才知道。但是,到最终,就算这些点在当时看上去没有意义甚至很愚蠢,最终,它们都会联在一块,造成你这个人。

无论如何,是留下深刻印象的一次见面。必须要尊敬这么样的一个人。

Life is a loop, or a loop on connected dots?》上有 64 条评论

  1. 后面的解释也更加有趣。
    所以我们在做当前这个决定或者改变的时候,或者遭遇到一个事情的时候,必须知道并且相信,这件事会和以后的某件事情联系在一起,这或许就是“命运”(如果是中文式翻译的话)的一种。这超越了人类日常推理的范畴,是在这之后更远的目光,如果我们无法看到,就只能相信这一点吧。

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