This is my third post this morning to say this, but finding out that the story didn’t happen has made me exponentially more irritated with the sucking up.
According to Musk (again, I’m taking him at his word because it would be easy to find out he was lying and he’s not Trump) the real story is that at some point he realized he needed several specialists instead of one generalist, so he ended up parting with a fantastic personal assistant who received 52 weeks of severance and went on to work at another firm in a role similar to the one she performed for him.
So Musk’s supporters in this thread have been arguing arguing that after 12 years of working for a fantastically wealthy person while they run successful businesses, you are owed nothing more than a “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” because you serve at your employer’s pleasure. Meanwhile, Musk himself thinks that after 12 years of dedicated service you deserve an opportunity to put your skills to use elsewhere in the company and, if you turn that down, 52 weeks of severance and glowing references.
What the fictional-Musk defenders don’t seem to get is just how against norms the (apparently apocryphal) story about the firing of the assistant is. It’s a philosophy 101 problem come to life. Like if we were praising Musk for pushing the fat man onto the trolley tracks instead of saying, “What the fuck?!? He pushed a guy in front of a speeding trolley?!?”. That’s not having the genius to know how to save the other five people, that’s murder.
I don’t know Musk personally. I’ve always thought he seemed okay as people go based on what I’d heard about him. I read this story and thought, “Wow, what a dick.” I read his correction of the story and think, “Oh yeah, that makes a lot more sense.” If his former assistant comes out in the next couple of days and says, “No, it really happened like it was written, the man is a fucking psycho,” then I’ll go back to “Wow, what a dick.”
Updating your beliefs when you encounter new facts. That’s a helluva drug.