Stumbled upon this interview with Elon Musk. I’ve never taken the time to listen to him speak. But there is something captivating for what inspires him. How do we vision our life, our future when it comes to living. Do we view our home as just shelter, or a area where we can foster and nurture ideas for the future?

A couple of my favorite parts of the interview:

Why do you need to build a city on Mars with a million people on it in your lifetime?

“Yeah, I think it’s important to have a future that is inspiring and appealing.  I mean, I just think that there have to be reasons that you get up in the morning and you want to live. Like why do you want to live? What’s the point? What inspires you? What do you love about the future? And if we are not out there. If the future does not include being out there among the stars and being a multi-planet species, I find that incredibly depressing if that’s not the future that we’re going to have.”

Why not just try to continue solving issues here that we have (politics, climate, …), why not just continue work on sustainable energy, why not just do that?

“I look at the future from a standpoint of probabilities. It’s like a branching stream of probabilities and there are actions that we can take that affect those probabilities. Or that accelerate one thing or slow down another thing….Sustainable energy will happen no matter what. If there was no Tesla, if Tesla would have never existed, it would have to happen out of necessity. It’s tautological.  If you don’t have sustainable energy it means you have unsustainable energy. Eventually, you run out and the laws of economics will drive civilization towards sustainable energy inevitably. The fundamental value of a company like Tesla is the degree to which it accelerates the advent of sustainable energy. Faster than it would otherwise occur. “

Elon Musk Interview 2017 TEDTalk