The name inspires awe in me!
How could a human being having not only attempted in so many fields, could have succeeded in most of those fields during his own lifetime?
May be it has got to do with the FIRST PRINCIPLES, which he has been advocating.
First principles as i understand it is not mere reductionism but cerebrally ascertaining not only the nature of the fundamental components but obtaining a technological infrastructure to make those components minimising the costs, thereby putting oneself under less strain and pressure during scaling.
For example, Elon Musk is stated to have bought rockets from Russia, not for launching but for learning the technology behind it. Indians did it by getting some cryogenic engines and finally making a superior product out of it from the USSR. But India has a huge body of dedicated scientists which without compromising on its innovative skills works, with all the limitations of a government funding, more for the Nation and the pride that follows. But Elon Musk is and has been a business man and he did not have any budgetary allocation, all the money he made by selling his shares in PayPal was deployed in SpaceX- with no assured return. And we all know that he was just a step away from bankruptcy after the failure of some of SpaceX’ rockets, yet he rose like a phoenix – literally out of his own ashes.
So what did he do which no human being dared to dream – let alone attempt or achieve?
Elon wanted human beings to colonise other planets and Mars
is the nearest!
To reach there we need vehicles, so he gets into manufacturing of rockets; and not just rockets which drop off, but which return to the Earth safely and would be ready for another shuttle service!
Each part accomplished by Elon Musk would be a lifetime achievement in itself.
Next is that he wanted cars with clean energy and promoted Electric Vehicles – to realise that he by using his ’first principles’ , focused on the charge of the battery for his car Tesla. He succeeded in getting batteries which could go up to 200 miles on a charge. Though he has been expressing that he could ideally strive towards 400 miles per charge. He’s said to be negotiating with the Argentine government for supply of Lithium, in case lithium ends up being the viable battery component in the long run!
But that’s not all – he has a plan to transport people within cities at super high speeds and that’s happening through his entity The Boring Company – by building tunnels under ground. So the equipment for Boring, which he is said to be using was his own innovation, which not only reduced the cost but many times more efficient.
Same applies to every business, but to have had the skill to take and give advice to NASA, is incredible.
The reasoning of Elon is even more interesting, while a normal individual would be able to perceive threats to himself, his family, his friends, his community, his state, his country, his continent and at best to preserve and nurture the earth to its pristine freshness, Elon Musk not only stopped with the threat perception, he thought up of a solution of settling human beings in other planets and becoming a multi-planetary creature, to avoid extinction of human beings as a species. Wow! That’s some threat perception – but possible.
Now, that needs a new brand of Christianity, with newer interpretations to the existing body of interpretations. Pauline ethical exhortations through epistles may have to be redesigned to fit those human beings who settle in other planets too.
Because, the concept of Rapture, which has been the cause of much interpretations, has to be expanded to other planets as well. It may not be just a global event, assuming that a Rapture is the taking away of the chosen live and then a period of tribulations followed by a millennium of righteous rule, then Rapture has to be an inter planetary event!
So what about the shuttle service between Mars and the Earth? What about the the event happening after Elon Musk establishes a community on the Mars?
If as Isaac Newton had predicted that the Rapture is not going to take place before AD 2060, by then a thriving community must be available in the Mars and the rockets carrying humans must be aplenty.
Rapture wouldn’t be a global event but a Universal event, wherever human beings had migrated to beyond the Earth.
I can foresee some zealous preachers starting the collections for trips to Mars to save souls there. That day doesn’t seem to be far away.
On the whole, Elon Musk is not only in the here and now, but in the there and the thereafter!