For months after his pancreatic cancer diagnosis in 2004, Steve Jobs decided to try to treat his illness with eastern-style remedies, rather than surgery. But delaying that surgery may have cost him his long-term health — and it was a decision he regretted.
According to Isaacson, Jobs had a “very slow growing” type of pancreatic cancer “that can actually be cured,” but still opted not to get the surgery until nine months had gone by and it may have been too late.
“I’ve asked him” why he didn’t get the operation, Isaacson told Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes.” “And he said, ‘I didn’t want my body to be opened. … I didn’t want to be violated in that way.’ I think that he kind of felt that if you ignore something, if you don’t want something to exist, you can have magical thinking. It’d work for him in the past. He’d regret it.”
This is the biggest biased choice anyone can make – to bet on one’s life. Risk averting is not neutral and universal: when it comes to one’s belief, risk is no longer risk but neutralized and trivialized.