Read the full transcript of Apple CEO Tim Cook’s acceptance speech at RFK Center

“On Dec. 8, Apple CEO Tim Cook was one of four people to be awarded a Ripple of Hope award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights,” Michael del Castillo reports for The New York Business Journal.

A few snippets:

• We meet tonight at a time when human rights are as much an issue as they were when Robert Kennedy was running for president. Like then, you can look at the headlines sometimes and feel that the fabric of America is coming apart. I think by now, if you weren’t familiar before you came tonight, you’re familiar with these words. You can never hear them enough: “What we need in the United States is not division, what we need in the United States is not hatred, what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but it’s love, and wisdom and compassion toward one another and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer in our country.”

• It take tremendous courage to fight for what is just because often it means challenging the status quo. Often it means facing ridicule and sometimes much worse. But progress is defined by those brave enough or crazy enough to be different. Do we have that kind of courage? That was Robert Kennedy’s challenge to all of us. This is a challenge I think about everyday… I have two photographs of Robert Kennedy at my office wall at Apple. Everyday I look at them and I think about his example. What it means to me as an American, but also, more specifically to my role as Apple CEO.

Full transcript here.

MacDailyNews Take:

When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money.

That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is – everything around you that you call life, was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.

The minute that you understand that you can poke life and actually something will, you know if you push in, something will pop out the other side, that you can change it, you can mold it. That’s maybe the most important thing. It’s to shake off this erroneous notion that life is there and you’re just gonna live in it, versus embrace it, change it, improve it, make your mark upon it.

I think that’s very important and however you learn that, once you learn it, you’ll want to change life and make it better, cause it’s kind of messed up, in a lot of ways. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again. — Steve Jobs

Apple CEO Cook accepts Ripple of Hope Award; says RFK’s spirit lives on at Apple – December 9, 2015


  1. Is this the same Robert Kennedy who sanctioned the surveillance on Martin Luther King, and gave the FBI permission to break into King’s home and install bugs, “as long as they didn’t get caught?”

    Tim, I think it might be time to look for a replacement and perhaps seek out your true calling… social justice propaganda. The world is replete with victocrats waiting to hang on your every word.

    I miss being excited by Apple news. To be fair I like many of the refinements to Apple’s products, but the company is coasting on its laurels and the incompetence of its competitors. Both won’t last forever.

    1. Apple has put down foundations so much better than any known large competitor that it will do great for many years to come.

      They do seem to be refining a lot, but the Apple Watch is a great if less important (for now) product, and they must be working on virtual reality computing and other major stuff behind the veil.

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