Guy, Elon and us | The press

So Elon Musk, the richest man in the world, decided to pay this UFO billionaire, the Twitter platform, $44 billion. Elon fascinates. He makes many dream of it by his fortune, his achievements; the Tesla, the SpaceX flights, the invention of the PayPal payment system, through his fantasies; implants a chip in the brain, because of his sometimes extreme words. Above all, I believe, by his unashamed freedom. The one who brings an infinite fortune.

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It is precisely this absolutist freedom that he promises to Twitter. A freedom regained, after attempts at regulation imposed on delinquent users. But make no mistake, Musk’s freedom doesn’t automatically trickle down to his ordinary admirers. His total freedom is inaccessible, beyond morality. It makes the public dream and makes Musk a hero tailor-made for these hyper-individualistic times.

It’s still amazing, the synchronicity. Musk takes over Twitter when there’s the final eulogy on Guy Lafleur, hero too, much more humble, but hero of a people. Hero of an almost country at a time when the group was important. He embodied this young, winning, rebellious Quebec; that of individuals coming together and counting. He was an accessible hero, who spoke to ordinary people who adored him. He dreamed big. His death marks the end of an era. After him, hockey players became followers of ultra-liberalism on skates.

Musk and Lafleur embody two facets of the dream. Because what do we actually dream about? What do the masses want? Stepping out of the ordinary, literally getting up.

Elon Musk offers billionaires just that: Lie a few miles above the Mojave Desert. Flight vertically from the ordinary.

The ordinary is therefore the setting from which the heroes liberate us.


PHOTOGRAPH ROBERT NADON, LA PRESSE ARCHIVES

Guy Lafleur versus Boston Bruins goalkeeper Ron Grahame in the Stanley Cup Final, May 23, 1978, at the Montreal Forum

But what about this ordinary, which over time becomes more and more difficult to manage for a large part of our fellow citizens, neighbors, families, including members of the so-called middle class? The ordinary becomes unattainable for many. The cost of housing, even rent, even modest, the price of food, especially essential, the price of gasoline, when the car is needed for daily travel outside major centers, the difficulty of accessing health care, dilapidated schools, school dropouts. Worth. The heaviness of life. The usual.

We examine economic and cultural inequalities. It is the great return of social classes, which we thought were gone with the end of ideologies. But no ! Reality is hard-skinned, despite the dreams that are sprinkled everywhere, in every corner of our economic life. But it is not the return of the CLASSESTRUGGLE, because the ideology is not so different from one caste to another. Poor, impoverished or wealthy, we all kind of yearn for what Musk wants for himself and his arrogant friends; endless money and the brutal freedom that comes with it. It is the return of social classes, of the raw, harsh and cruel reality. The ordinary falls apart and moves away from the dream, more and more inaccessible.

Guy Lafleur belongs to a time when the social ladder worked. Which many, without denying their place of origin, could strive for better.

It is the whole society that, through education, collective progress, brought out its beliefs, its best elements, which then gave back to the group. The dream was possible.

Today, some of the most fractured, the most ignorant communities are with Musk’s libertarian philosophy at the forefront. His biggest fans, the happiest of the “rediscovered” freedom on Twitter, the admirers of his rockets and his provocations are not only his richest friends. They are ordinary. His brazen, his ostentatious freedom, which only provides infinite money and power, is beyond everyone’s reach. Nobody we knew. Is it even desirable? Absolute liberty is no longer liberty, it is the cruel law of the fittest.

The social elevator is no longer rising very high. The system is blocked, the very rich have a lot to do with it. Musk certainly, but Bill Gates, the corporate giants who are buying up farmland and homes in the US en masse, should worry us about the impact on everyday life. The ordinary is threatened by the super rich… who make people dream! But when the dream is paralyzing and the heroes are unreachable, frustration and resentment can be robbed.

Elon Musk claims to release a blue bird for our good. Guy Lafleur gave wings…

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