Elon Musk wants the Mars. Poor boy!

Elon Musk at SpaceX conference
Elon Musk at SpaceX conference

Billionaires sometimes develop strange ideas. Sometimes these strange ideas lead to new glory, but oftentimes they lead to nowhere, with overstrained advisors trying to limit the damage. Elon Musk, with his fastly emerged fortune, recently fascinated the world with the aim to settle on Mars. And he offered Mars as a solution to earthly problems – as an alternative for times when planet Earth would be uninhabitable through strife and war here.

What a pubertal fantasy!

Outer space is so cold and so hostile to life that for every simple screw to fix you need a space suit, a million dollar vehicle, and tons of fuel to burn. Within some decades, we may be able to save some twenty lives on Mars for the price of sacrificing twenty millions here on Earth. What a disgusting glory!

With only a tiny fraction of his fortune, Musk or any billionaire could help leading to individualized responsibility and hence to Kant’s eternal peace. But this would imply accepting a world in which everyone has their own dignity, even people who are not billionaires. This may be too elaborate for Musk.

One thought on “Elon Musk wants the Mars. Poor boy!”

  1. I continue following Musk’s project, and I salute him for his impressive ability to learn new things. See https://www.quora.com/How-did-Elon-Musk-learn-enough-about-rockets-to-run-SpaceX
    But I don’t see him addressing the question of energy efficiency: Going up costs energy, and only if you get this energy back while going down, you can make it real. And I don’t buy that this should be possible. He may get able to send one man to Mars, or even 200 people. But this is far from making “mankind a transplanetary species”.
    I learned two things from the Quora discussion quoted above:
    (1) The Mars project is just the fanciest thing he could imagine: One answer is “I guess he was driven, and in a hurry? With all the money and his age at the time, he stopped and asked himself: ‘I have all this money, what’s the craziest/wildest dream i have’ and then went on to chase that dream, and make it come true. No limits. Freedom. He knew that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to make something big, something huge, and he was going to take it. Very, very exciting, and crazy.”
    (2) And he will go for it, admired by wealthy Americans who do not care for the state of the world, as far he may get. Quoting another answer: “He can’t imagine NOT succeeding and that is a very critical trait.”
    Both answers portray the given traits as positive. I do not.

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