January 13, 2014

Everything about Elon Musk's religious views

If you haven't heard of the entrepreneur and engineer Elon Musk before, there's a small probability you have been living in a cave (or is simply not interested in technology news). Anyway, Elon Musk was born in South Africa, then he moved to Canada, then he moved to the United States, then he founded a couple of obscure companies, including PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and SolarCity. Those obscure companies became not-so-obscure and Elon Musk became one of the wealthiest men in the United States. 

But as someone with a great wealth, and at the same time is a public figure, Elon Musk has to cope with an increasing amount of rumors. One of these rumors is that Elon Musk's religious background is Jewish and one conspiracy theory is that the only reason to why he became so successful is because he is a Jew and a part of a great Jewish conspiracy. The other part of that conspiracy is that Elon Musk is a member of a lizard race from a distant planet, so we are not going to talk more about conspiracies here.  

It's not strange that people believe that Elon Musk is Jewish. The name Elon is Hebrew for oak tree, but the family were not Jews, and he got the name from his great grandfather John Elon Haldeman. His surname Musk is not Jewish as it originates from the French word "le mechin" which means "the younger." There are unconfirmed sources saying that Elon Musk attended Jewish schools in South Africa - but only because his parents thought he would get a better education in these schools. It's unclear what Elon Musk's parents religion were. His grandfather, who worked as a chiropractor, was a public figure in Canada, but the word religion is not mentioned once if you go through the available documents, so religion was probably not the highest priority among his ancestors.  

What is known about Elon Musk's religious background is that he never prayed when he almost died from Malaria after a brief visit to South Africa (read the full story in my book). One of the few things we know for certain is Elon Musk's personal views on religion as he answered the question in an interview. He got the question if he thought there's some master intelligence. This was the answer: 
"I think probably not because then you have to say: Where does the master intelligence come from? So it sort of begs the question. So I think really you can explain this with the fundamental laws of physics. You know its complex phenomenon from simple elements." 

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  1. If the mission to Mars is a privately-funded venture, I suppose he can decide for himself the "rationality criteria" of the candidates. So far he has only mentioned wealth and willingness as the two criteria - but I sure don't want to sit on the Mars Colonial Transporter between a jihadist and a crusader for nine months (I just got done watching Outcasts on Netflix so this is fresh on my mind). Knowing Musk and his mission of having a stable, self-sustaining new society, he'll want to undertake some social engineering to exclude the religious element. After all, many of the apocalyptic scenarios that he wants to protect humanity from stem from the blind faith, overconfidence, and self-righteousness of religion.

  2. "le mechin" does not mean the younger in French. Where did the author get this??
    Cadet means the younger in French. Mechin is not a French word and isn't the root of musk.

  3. Jewish or not, why is it a subject of conversation. Why the envy.
    Jewish conspiracy, what about a Christian one. United, all other nationalities have the same open option. So prove me wrong, and I am not crazy about Jewish or Christians or any religion.

  4. Why are some people always trying to associate being a Jew with religion? Was Albert Einstein a Jew? Yes. What was his religion? None. What makes you a Jew, is who your ancestors where, not what you believe. Was Jesus a Christian or a Jew? Answer: Jew. Why? That's what his mother was.

    1. Albert Einstein turned to the Torah when he said science wouldn't serve him any further in his explorations. Of course, it's convenient to ignore things like all the scientific greats being heavily spiritual persons for science's sake, so we don't pay much attention to these things.

      I think "Jew" is both a race of caucasians as well as a religious cultivation discipline.

      So it is correct, also, to associate being a Jew with the Judaic religion.

    2. I see you are one of the few that know how to think, Cody.