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Steve Jobs' Retrospectives Deeply Flawed, Disrespectful

Stocks in this article: AAPL

Harry obviously likes to put things in neat little boxes to keep confusion away.

As I noted on CNBC, part of the tragedy is that a post-Steve Jobs Apple might just be an unworkable situation. That makes people intellectually uncomfortable, which helps explain some of the outrage as well as calls to halt the conversation. Our society has a difficult time coming to grips with complex issues that raise more questions than answers.

That's what I specialize in.

If you're a parent, you'll get this. I don't just tell my daughter, "Don't do that because I said so." Nor do I give her an answer merely for the sake of closure or sparing uncomfortable emotions.

Often, I tell her "I don't know." That so many things exist in life have no answers or many possible answers. We're still trying to figure things out. It's a messy, but wonderful and enlightening process.

I don't write with a fear of being wrong. In this racket, you have to accept that you'll be dead wrong multiple times. If you don't you're fooling yourself.

I write to explore emotions, to tangle with the unanswerable, not to spoon feed easy "answers" and tell people what they want to hear simply for the sake of winning approval.

I think the larger audience, Apple fans and otherwise, appreciates this approach.

At the time of publication the author held no positions in any of the stocks mentioned.

This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.

Rocco Pendola is a private investor with nearly 20 years experience in various forms of media, ranging from radio to print. His work has appeared in academic journals as well as dozens of online and offline publications. He uses his broad experience to help inform his coverage of the stock market, primarily in the technology, Internet and new media spaces. He has taken a long-term approach to investing, focusing on dividend-paying stocks, since he opened his first account as a teenager. Pendola, 37, is based in Santa Monica, Calif., where he lives with his wife and child.
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