Zuckerberg’s professional motto has always been “connecting the world” through Facebook, which any self-respecting person can see serves his own purposes. Facebook now touts half or nearly half the world’s population as users, and it continues to grow. Not so long ago, Zuckerberg wished to be the face of modern colonialism by “gifting” large portions of India with free wifi internet access, albeit tethered permanently to his own Facebook platform.
India refused it unsurprisingly, and Zuckerberg jested that India didn’t want to “step into the future.” Nevertheless, he did not pursue giving India free internet without also shoving Facebook down their throats.
Another case in point: Zuckerberg has pledged with so many other billionaires to give away most of their wealth, but in 99% of the cases, all the billionaires still retain total control of the investments they “donate” to their own trust or charity vehicles.
Why are the top 10 richest men still in the same spots when nearly half of them have pledged to give away all their wealth? Confusing, isn’t it?
And if you didn’t know already, Zuckerberg collaborates to silence the world through his platforms to obstruct the free flow of freedom, he values his privacy quite a lot. So much so that he bought out all the residences around his own Palo Alto home and leased it back to the original owners for free. In this way, he has more control over what he himself can and cannot do in his neighbourhood… such as building taller fences and having more private security, amongst other things.
Zuckerberg in short advances his own visions, which to date, seem to parallel Facebook’s own growth strategies. He wants more users – and he knows that the average lifetime value of an average Facebook user from developing nations is well worth the meagre cost to acquire them.
Elon Musk, however, is more of society’s definition of a renaissance man, very much a pioneering Robin Hood who is stealing from the future to benefit those who live in today, at the cost of his own life.
Musk is a diehard sci-fi fan, and ever since reading Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein as a child, has used the step process quite effectively to further his outlandish goal of colonizing Mars.
Musk is very much an engineer at heart, and it is clear also in his work ethic and how he approaches problems. He likes working on unique problems and uses the knowledge and experience gained from one step to further himself towards the next.
Musk is a once-in-several-generations godsend for our troubled society in every literal sense, such as Nikola Tesla was with electricity, or Sir Isaac Newton was with the concept of gravity.
Musk is active, with every waking minute of his own existence, trying to push us collectively into the future as quickly as possible. Musk is very much a nerd, and he believes humans as a species are doing far too much damage to our planet and to ourselves – and that we must expand our options if we wish to survive.
From transforming online banking and payments to normalizing electric cars (and even making them sexy), to re-usable rockets, solar roof tiles, more efficient batteries, and Hyperloop transportation, Musk’s time, as any self-respecting person can see, serves to benefit us as a society in ways more than one.