I've always hated the news. Ever since I was young and I would walk by my parents in the morning before school and I would hear the newscasters talking about this accident, this shooting, this (insert negative story here), I realized that mass media and the news are a plague on this earth.
Don't get me wrong, there are occasionally good stories on the news. Great ones in fact. But for every 1 positive story, it seems there are 15 negative ones that overtake it.
News outlets don't care to give us an accurate representation of the world. Nor do they care about the impact of their negativity.
The only thing that these outlets truly care about is their ratings and the number of people who sit in a chair and watch their bullshit. It's a scum business and it terrifies me that so many people tune in to hear their nonsense.
Yesterday was a beautiful day for me. I woke up feeling extremely happy for one reason:
I checked my phone and got a notification that Elon Musk was finally on the Joe Rogan Podcast. I had been waiting for ages for this to happen. Joe's even mentioned offhandedly before that Elon may do the podcast at some point, and then it finally happened!
I listened to the interview and loved it. So many great points. Elon is always a fascinating man to listen to and he is a genius, to be frank.
This interview was far different than any other interview of Elon to date. That's because of Joe Rogan.
I love Joe, he has a certain way of interviewing people in a way that's not interviewing them. People really open up on his podcast and they show a different side of themselves.
That's all thanks to Joe's cadence and his nonchalant attitude and voracious curiosity. He strikes the perfect balance of someone who has an intense curiosity and also a laid back, do whatever you like attitude.
When he sparked up the joint in front of Elon, I knew shit was about to go down. It was an exciting moment, to say the least. Elon's obviously had little exposure to weed, I could tell by the way he looked at it, talked about it and then took a hit of it.
There's nothing wrong with smoking from time to time, as long as you know how to handle yourself and you aren't irresponsible in your usage. Marijuana is actually far less detrimental than alcohol - but mass media, your parents and 99% of the population have been lead to believe otherwise.
In fact, I feel like the 30 minutes that followed that moment, Elon really opened up in a way that nobody has ever seen before. At moments, I felt as though he was actually going to tear up.
He was talking with Joe about how his mind worked. Joe was adamant to know what it was like to be in the mind of Elon Musk and I'm VERY curious to know more about what that's like as well. Joe and Elon gave us a rare glimpse into the mindset of Elon and it had a massive impact on me to hear about it.
Elon talked about how it's an explosion of ideas in his brain. Neverending. It's something that he endures. Something that he can't turn off.
He said that people would be surprised that they wouldn't actually want to be him. His life is not easy. It's not easy to go to bed at night with explosions going off in your brain. With an endless stream of ideas that constantly plague you and force you to work harder and harder.
There are others out there who face similar and even different mental inhibitons. Hearing that someone as iconic as Elon Musk struggles with similar issues of mental health (though in a different way) could be extremely uplifting, therapeutic and downright life-changing for millions of people.
That's what really pisses me off about this next part of my little story 😡
This morning I woke up and out of curiosity, wanted to see what the world was saying about the Joe Rogan - Elon Musk podcast.
I went to google, typed in Elon Musk, and here's what I got:
So instead of talking about all of the incredible insights we got into the mind of Elon Musk and this extremely unique interview of him, the media decides to focus on how he took 1 hit of weed and caused his Tesla stock to drop.
They said his "odd behavior" was going to cost him. I want to just slap these people in the face. How stupid can they really be?
I think Elon was right several weeks ago when he talked about taking Tesla private. I WISH he would've done it. I hate this kind of manipulation that media drapes over our lives.
Hopefully, with platforms like Steem, we can make a difference and change the story a bit. Hopefully the stories and headlines that we read don't have to be doom and gloom all the time and instead, can focus on the positives and the general amazement that is life. Life is amazing and the story is always good. It just depends on how you look at it.