Elon Musk is destroying my faith in humanity

So there’s really no way to be both rich and a decent human being?

Luna Lovecroft

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The correlation between virtue and riches is the most pressing question of any faith: are we going to be awarded for our good behavior? in this life or after? those people — do they deserve what they have? and if there is no life beyond this one, why don’t we just take what we like from the other guys? Throughout the millennia, each new religion would either justify or condemn wealth — from Roman pantheons to Franciscans order, from the sensual capitalism of Ayn Rand to the somber dogmas of Marxism-Leninism.

I bet each of those time periods saw their own messiahs and the struggles of those who fell out of faith — I can only speak for my own. I, a Millenial in the XXI century, can only speak about the crisis of the Church of Entrepreneurship, ordained by the higher power of the motivational Instagram feed.

I, a Millenial in the XXI century, can only speak about the crisis of the Church of Entrepreneurship, ordained by the higher power of the motivational Instagram feed.

According to the Church of Entrepreneurship, not only wealth and power don’t corrupt, — they are a sure sign of a virtuous person. Contrary to the faulty orders of the past, the Church says, the perfect meritocracy of lawful capitalism creates heroes that make a fortune with the strength of their own personality: by being courageous, creative, and ambitious while striving to make people’s lives better. And as the Church teaches, a truly virtuous person is awarded in this very life, with wealth perfectly proportionate to their merit.

Every faith needs its missionaries and saints — so ladies and gentlemen, welcome Elon Musk.

I mean, for sure, there are other rich people living in the world — it’s just so hard to somebody worth believing in. In Russia, where I was born and raised, after 1917 wealth and decency could only meet by chance. There, most of the modern-day 1% have acquired their wealth through brute force and exquisite sneakiness during the criminal period of 90s. In Italy, where I live now, the most famous billionaire is Silvio…

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Luna Lovecroft

Stories from another hemisphere, written under a stripper pen name and in a second language. Because God forbid we make things easier for us.