For the last couple of days, I have been following conversations on Twitter (if you can call them that) where people are bashing some of the most influential people in tech. I engaged in the debates yesterday regarding Elon Musk‘s attempts to help out with the trapped Thailand guys in the cave. So many people were giving him grief on his efforts. Then Elon came out with a declaration that he wanted to help Flint, Michigan with their water issues. People continued to scoff at his efforts. I made a comment in one thread about how he doesn’t have to offer any help at all and is going above and beyond. I further stated that if I had his resources, I would probably be a jerk. So, the fact that an influential billionaire wants to help at all says something.
I think the thing that frustrates me the most is this sentiment that all rich influential people should give back. It seems that if you are rich, you are supposed to save the world. I know most of the people complaining probably aren’t doing anything with their limited resources to help, and many of these accounts are bots (a point that Elon himself made). I personally don’t have expectations for any rich person to spend their personal money to fix the world’s issues. I don’t think there is a moral imperative for rich people to give of their time and resources just because they are wealthy.
It is easy to blame the world’s problems on wealthy influential people, but I do not think it is right to have expectations that are unwarranted. Instead of calling these people cheap or claiming that their morals are out of whack, I think we should appreciate it when they expend their resources for others. People like Elon Musk have made major contributions to the world that have made them wealthy, but also given us amazing vehicles and other projects. I think this type of behavior is deplorable.