He recalls a story from his and Mr. Musk’s PayPal days, when Mr.
Musk joined the engineering team’s poker game and bet everything
on every hand, admitting only afterward that it was his first time
playing poker. Then there was the time they were driving in Mr.
Musk’s McLaren F1 car, “the fastest car in the world.” It hit an
embankment, achieved liftoff, made a 360-degree horizontal turn,
crashed and was destroyed.
“It was a miracle neither of us were hurt,” Mr. Thiel says. “I
wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, which is not advisable. Elon’s first
comment was, ‘Wow, Peter, that was really intense.’ And then it
was: ‘You know, I had read all these stories about people who made
money and bought sports cars and crashed them. But I knew it would
never happen to me, so I didn’t get any insurance.’ And then we
hitchhiked the rest of the way to the meeting.”
Peter Thiel may well be smart, but he’s also dangerously foolish and solipsistic. You have to be a reckless fool to be that smart and get into any car without wearing a seatbelt, let alone a McLaren being driven by a daredevil like Musk.
On whether Thiel is concerned about Trump’s upcoming nominee (singular, I hope) for the Supreme Court:
“I don’t think these things will particularly change. It’s like,
even if you appointed a whole series of conservative Supreme Court
justices, I’m not sure that Roe v. Wade would get overturned,
ever. I don’t know if people even care about the Supreme Court.”
Like I said: Peter Thiel may well be smart, but he’s also dangerously foolish and solipsistic.
★ Thursday, 12 January 2017