Famous Adoptions – A recent “60 Minutes” interview with Walter Isaacson, who was chosen by the famous Steve Jobs to write his biography, revealed a lesser-known fact. Given up at birth for adoption, the iPhone genius was raised by Paul and Clara Jobs, who were unable to have children.
They were loving parents to the Apple co-founder and provided him with a life of opportunity; it shaped his self-image and allowed him to see himself as a highly unique individual.
According to Issacson, Jobs’ defining moment came when he was just a child and a playmate told him that adoption meant he was unwanted and abandoned. Devastated, Jobs ran crying to his parents, who, in turn, assured him that he was not abandoned, but specifically chosen. From that point on, Jobs saw himself as special little boy, adored by his family.
What would the world be like without Steve Jobs and Apple today? Would there be iPods or iPads or Macs? Would those little white ear buds be such a recognizable part of our culture? Maybe. But probably not.
And let’s not forget Job’s famous brilliance spawned a mega-industry reported worth $380 billion, which, in turn, generates millions in federal taxes and employs approximately 48,000 individuals.
Without Steve Jobs, there is no doubt this world would be different and devoid of some wonderful technology. Unfortunately, we will never know what great innovators were lost among the 50 million American babies aborted since the ruling of Roe v. Wade. However, we do know that because of the decision by some women to place their babies up for adoption, America has been given several dynamic leaders, including President Gerald Ford, former First Lady Nancy Reagan, and one of our Founding Fathers, John Hancock.
In the United States alone, the Department of Health and Human Services reports approximately 107,011 children are still waiting for parents.
The famous Mother Teresa, who cared for the “poorest of the poor,” many of whom were unwanted and unloved homeless people or orphaned children, said that, “Unborn children are among the poorest of the poor. They are so close to God. I always ask doctors at hospitals in India never to kill an unborn child. If there is no one who wants it, I will take it.”