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.