Why We Need to Stop Praising Elon Musk
Unless you’re living under a rock, it’s unlikely you’ve never heard of Elon Musk, the CEO, and founder of SpaceX, Tesla, and Neuralink. SpaceX is an aerospace manufacturer and space transport service company that has quickly become popular for the ownership of the Falcon Heavy, which launched for NASA a month ago. Musk, the man behind the Falcon Heavy, his “Starman”, and the plans to send passengers to Mars in the next four years, seems to be a smart guy. Graduated from UPenn, CEO of three major companies, and leading man in a number of major inventions for the 21st century. What’s not to like? Apparently, a lot.
I really wanted to like Elon Musk. I tried. I watched the launch of the Falcon heavy, I keep up with him on social media, and I read just about every article I find regarding him or SpaceX. It didn’t take very long for my opinion on him to change from creative genius to another terrible man with too much money and power.
I want to share some key events in the last year or so to explain the unsettling power trip Musk lives his life on.
In September 2010, Musks first wife shares unsettling details of their relationship with Marie Claire. Justine Musk claimed that during their wedding, Musk told her that he was the alpha of the relationship. Weeks following their separation, he informed her that he met someone and they were engaged, and she didn’t have the right to be in their house anymore.
The end of 2017 had a brief spark of hope for UFO searchers when Musk quietly launched a rocket from California on December 23. A bizarre cloud trail was spotted in surrounding areas that night, and nobody had a clue what it could be. Musk later jokingly tweeted that the cloud trail was a nuclear UFO from North Korea. Eventually, it was revealed that Musk was behind it.
February 6, 2018, marked the date of the launch of the Falcon Heavy, SpaceX rocket, that carried Musks own Tesla Roadster, and a mannequin Musk named “Starman”. What was the purpose of this? There wasn’t one.
Exactly ten days later, on February 16, reports came out that the Roadster appeared to be on track to collide with Earth or Venus in the distant future. More speculation came out after this, especially on the safety of the car in space. The unnecessary trip for the Roadster and Starman could cause problems for any planet the roadster lands on or crashes into. Physical impact aside, there has been no report on whether or not the roadster and the mannequin were sterile when they went into space. If they weren’t, which is probably, there could be a host of bacterial issues when the vehicle comes into contact with another planet.
Elon Musk crashed annual South by Southwest festival (SXSW) on March 10, 2018. Announcing his appearance 12 hours prior, and appearing half an hour late, Musk announced that he can see test trips to Mars early next year, much sooner than the original 2022 expectation. Musk is hoping to pioneer space travel to the public and colonizing Mars in the near future.
So what’s the problem with all of this? Besides the fact that none of it is necessary, Musk is just another example of a billion-dollar man on a power trip. Musks future for his company is exclusively opportunities for the top 1% if it’s even achievable for them. He boasts of spending incredibly large amounts of money on ideas and inventions that may not work, or benefit anyone. He plans and executes the ideas he has regardless of the need, cost, and impact they will have on the rest of the world, and now potentially the universe. The big, obnoxious cloud trail from the December 23 rocket launch? Further polluting southern California. The Falcon Heavy? It carried a Tesla with a mannequin into space with it for fun.
I would have a much smaller problem with Elon Musk and SpaceX if he spent the money and resources on projects that would benefit the community. Really, Musk is executing all of these over the top, flashy performances for his work with NASA to feel good about himself, and it’s only working because people are entranced by the cloud trails, pictures of Starman in space, and videos made by Westworld creators of the Falcon Heavy launch. I’m over Musk and his elaborate ways to show the world that he’s smart or cool, unless those products start to do some good to anyone else in the world.