There’s a very fine line between genius and insanity and it’s becoming increasingly evident Elon Musk has crossed it.
Nobody would doubt the man is an extraordinary creative and visionary genius. The evidence is overwhelming.
But conversely, his normal outlandish behaviour has now shifted alarmingly.
He has named his child X Æ A-12.
He has suddenly declared his company’s shares are over-valued, having declared them under-valued not so long ago.
In a recent Tweet he said without explanation, “Rage, rage against the dying of the light of consciousness”. Madness or a piss-take?
He’s announced he’s selling his three homes as the first step in quitting all possessions in a quest for total freedom.
There’s another possible explanation namely that he’s an attention-seeking world-class piss-taker who enjoys causing a stir.
Like Trump his medium is Twitter but there the comparisons end.
Trump is spectacularly ignorant, Musk spectacularly clever. Trump is devoid of empathy and is probably a psychopath; Musk cares about creating a better world for everyone.
We’re certainly living in crazy times.