Over the past month, I have watched and read Elon Musk from as many sources as I could find. Of course, Tim Urban's take, and Ashlee Vance's biography of Elon were deeply insightful. The latest was a 20-minute interview between Sam Altman (Y Combinator) and Elon.
In typical Muskian fashion, he revealed the indomitable spirit and engineering smarts that make him the business titan that he is, but also the awkward charm of a profoundly gifted person. One of his quips however struck a deep chord within me, perhaps due to my own fascination with the inescapabale laws of thermodynamics. He said, "Entropy is not on your side."
For me, this is not just a scientific fact but a life philosophy itself; finally a raison d'être worthy of manifesting a Nietzschean will to power. All order inevitably devolves into chaos, slowly perhaps but surely. In which case, there is no time to waste, no reason to ever settle for good enough and a deep sense of urgency to always move forward, because everything is always changing. Nothing will ever be the same forever, or ever again.
Put another way, when has ceteris paribus ever been the case? Surely it must be the most useless caveat of all.