Last week, I posted an entry here noting Silicon Valley's obsession with immortality. And now there's an enlightening interview here with Dave Chen, an engineering manager at Google Play in Silicon Valley. You glean quite a bit about values in the Valley if you read between the lines.
... In the Valley, everywhere you look there are people pushing for crazy amounts of success. In Maryland, people look at a job as a job and are less concerned about career, whereas in Silicon Valley people are very concerned about their careers.
... (in Ohio) I was a bagger at a grocery store and we pushed carts around. This was the 1990s and you still put pride in the job. At least I did. I worked with people everyday and their value system was very much focused around who you were outside of work. Who you are in the Midwest largely depends not on your job, but on your family, friends, and hobbies.
... Especially in tech, people are always chasing that next big thing. It can, in many cases, become “This is my purpose in life or my singular purpose.”
There is nothing wrong with maximum-effort work ... provided the motive is right. Everything we do in life should ultimately be for the glory of God (1 Cor 10:31;Col 3:17; etc.) You get a clear sense from David Chen that few people in Silicon Valley are working for the glory of God.
It's sobering to think that more-than-a-few people will stand before Christ on Judgment Day and point to a piece of software or hardware that quickly faded into obsolescence as the primary purpose of their life. In the meantime, their marriage disintegrated, their kids grew up without role-model parents, and they were callously blind to the real opportunities that God crossed their paths with - opportunities to help others, to befriend the friendless, to love their spouse, to freely share their God-given gifts and talents. Most devastatingly of all, they were too busy to respond to the tug of Christ's love in their hearts. They were so consumed with success that they couldn't stop to the smell the flowers of life. In a blinding flash, they are suddenly confronted with the sickening reality that virtually everything they held near-and-dear is meaningless from the perspective of eternity. While I am a fan of Apple products, at the moment of Steve Job's death, his fabulous wealth instantly became worthless to him.
For many, Silicon Valley (despite the notable products it produces) has figuratively become Babylon-The-Great (Rev 17-18).