It is a question that more and more people ask themselves, seeing their behavior: Is Elon Musk crazy? A word that does not exist for billionaires. Only the poor are crazy. The rich are “eccentrics“.
The CEO of Tesla Y founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk, appeared last Thursday at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, carrying a sink. You can see it in the opening photo of the news.
A few weeks ago he changed his title on Twitter to “perfume seller” and announced the sale of “Pelo Quemado” perfume through his company The Boring Company, the same company that sold his famous flamethrower. In a few hours he had already sold more than 10,000 perfumes, at more than 100 euros per unit.
He had a time when he wrote completely incomprehensible messages on Twitter, random letters without meaning. And another one that she dedicated herself to make bad taste memes about characters he doesn’t get along with, like Bill Gates:
in case u need to lose a boner fast pic.twitter.com/fcHiaXKCJi
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 23, 2022
“In case you need to lose an erectionMusk scoffs. No comment. The list of Elon Musk’s quirks is too long to list them all. Is Elon Musk crazy?
Elon Musk has confessed that he suffers from Asperger syndrome. A disorder within the autism spectrum that affects social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, a resistance to accept change, inflexibility of thought, as well as having narrow and absorbing fields of interest, according to psychologists.
It is a fairly common disorder that has nothing to do with the crazinessbut with the difficulty to relate, or to accept other opinions.
That would explain some Musk’s outrageous behavior.
Elon Musk the influencer
Until recently his peculiar behavior was seen as the typical outings of a business tycoon.
But in recent years, Elon Musk has not stopped amass power and political influence. He has become the biggest influencer on the planet. An influencer who likes to be a troll.
Elon Musk may do and say some nonsense, but of course he’s not crazy. For years he has managed to attract the masses on Twitter and has used it to his advantage.
He has used the social network to manipulate the cryptocurrency pricedepending on whether you support one or the other. Also for manipulate Tesla stockaction with which he was forced to leave the presidency of Tesla (but not the position of CEO), and pay a fine of 20 million dollars.
And he uses it, of course, to promote their companies or sell their eccentric perfumes and flamethrowers. And now, Elon Musk owns Twitter.
Too much power in one person
Why does it drag so many people and is it more and more influential? “People are hanging on his every word because he has delivered many times“says Democratic Senator Richard J. Durbin.
And so it is. Unlike politicians, Elon Musk fulfills his “electoral program”.
It has made Tesla the benchmark for electric cars, and it has made the United States end the humiliation of paying hundreds of millions of dollars to Russia to take its astronauts to the International Space Station. Now SpaceX does. And that is something that Americans value highly.
Elon Musk is also a key player in the country’s security, since its Starlink satellites are used by the government and the armies.
And now, with the purchase of Twitter, private data of hundreds of millions of people are in the hands of only one person. Data you can use to benefit your businesses. Or for other things difficult to imagine.
Elon Musk, the messiah
What is beginning to seriously worry US government politicians, in his increasing meddling in politics… breaking all the rules.
For years Musk has maintained a neutral position, donating money to both major parties, the Democrats and the Republicans.
But now he hasn’t hesitated criticize Bidencalling it “a union prisoner“, and he said that will vote Republican in 2024. It also intends to forgive everyone banned from twitter, including deniers who have spread false information about vaccines or climate change…and Donald Trump.
It is a major player in the invasion of Ukraine, as it has donated its satellites to the Ukrainians so they can communicate in battle or between members of the government. And almost every day he talks or meets with presidents of the government and influential politicians, to introduce his satellites, his rockets and his cars in other countries.
The big problem is that Elon Musk sees himself as a messiah, the savior of humanity. An entrepreneur who is above certain laws and rules, because his ultimate goal is to benefit humanity.
His Tesla cars are fighting climate change, his Starlink satellites are the only way for many people to communicate, and he wants to get to Mars with SpaceX because he’s convinced we’re going to destroy the Earth, and humanity will have to emigrate to another planet. He will be the savior who will take her to Mars with his rockets.
Has asked a truce/surrender to Ukraine for “avoid a nuclear war“, irritating his politicians, and has also proposed a pact in taiwan, as if he were a great statesman, or a peacemaker. He has confessed that talked with Putin, although long before the request for a truce in Ukraine.
he said it again yesterday with the purchase of Twitter, it is an act to save civilization: “The reason I bought Twitter is because it’s important for the future of civilization to have a digital common square, where a wide range of beliefs can be discussed in a healthy way, without resorting to violence.”
Is this messianism the one that worries politicians. In the hands of an unpredictable billionaire with vast political and technological influence, and now with his own private channel to access hundreds of millions of people, you can get what you want.
Jill Lepore, historian and journalist, states in The Washington Post: “We should be concerned, not because it is inevitable that its influence will be evil, but because it is inevitable that it will be a great influence.“.
Is Elon Musk crazy? Of course not. It is eccentric and unpredictable, but a genius with business, technology, and the ability to attract people. We will see what the purchase of Twitter leads us to.