Why I Don’t Like Elon Musk

A reply to Dr. Yildiz, who doesn’t seem to understand why anyone might feel the way I do

Greg Proffit
4 min readJan 25, 2022

In 2015, Wait, But Why creator, Tim Urban, did a long-form series called Elon Musk: The World’s Raddest Man. Already a fan of Mr. Urban and his blog at waitbutwhy.com, his series increased my admiration for Elon Musk.

In the almost seven intervening years, the shine has worn off.

Here’s why. It’s taken me that long to change my idea about what it means to be a successful human being. By my new metric, Elon Musk is one of the worst humans ever.

Dr. Mehmet Yildiz, a writer on medium.com, recently published an article titled, I Don’t Understand Dislikes Against Elon Musk.

I can summarize his argument in a few sentences:

•We should appreciate great people for the greatness of their contributions to society, not for their character.

•All people have flaws, all of which are negligible or irrelevant when evaluating their achievements.

•Elon Musk has a work ethic, has taught himself rocket science, and works hard to solve problems.

•He is also a philanthropist who has given away almost 2 billion dollars to charities.



Greg Proffit

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