Most people think one of two ways about Elon Musk. Some think he’s the next savior of humankind- attempting to keep our species alive for centuries to come with new technology. Others think he’s a bored guy with a lot of money who blasts rocket ships into space for fun and makes electric cars.
So which side am I on? Well I’m an Elon admirer for sure, although I like to think he would admit there is a level of fun associated with blasting things into space. I appreciate the guy because in my eyes he is a true pioneer. It’s really easy to think of famous scientists and inventors from a hundred years ago, but I bet most people would struggle to name one from our modern day. There’s the guy who mapped the entire human genome, but I don’t know his name even though I respect what he’s done.
Turns out it was James Watson and later on Francis Collins. Props to you guys, but the point is I had to Google that just to know who led the project. Elon Musk, on the other hand, is basically a celebrity. He has millions of social media followers and he interacts with this community. That’s why more people know about him and what he’s trying to accomplish. I think the combination of being able to be a public figure many people look up to, combined with the actual groundbreaking work he does, makes him a pretty impressive guy.
A lot of people tend to not like him because they believe he’s purely motivated by money. Personally I don’t think that’s true in the slightest, and most anyone who keeps up to date with what he says would probably agree. But let’s say he was solely motivated to make money from all of his various companies. What would it matter, and what difference would it make? It wouldn’t change anything at all. If the man is motivated to make money in the fields of space travel, electric cars, and all the other crazy things he invents- wouldn’t he want to be as successful as possible in those endeavors in order to make a profit? And since he has the drive to make these projects a success, don’t we as humankind benefit from it? Regardless if he’s making tons and tons of money, we still get these new inventions that lead to the possibility of the human race living on for years to come.
I also know nothing of any charitable donations he’s made, but honestly if Elon Musk didn’t donate a single penny to a charity- I wouldn’t think any less of him. Simply because he’s putting his profits back into his company which is making contributions to the whole WORLD. I mean wouldn’t you rather him use his money to research a cure for cancer or solve another world problem, than have him just give it away? Before you criticize- I know how valuable charitable donations can be for lots of people, but in this case I would prefer Elon to use his money for his own projects because they are benefiting a wider scope.
Well that’s about all I’ve got- let me know in the comments what you think of Musk and why.