I’m going to keep this short and sweet. It’s a topic that I could write a book on, and one that could easily send me down a rabbit hole that only ends after assorted alcoholic beverages, dozens of open tabs, and a few thousand words of blubbering type.

Look, we get it; it’s become fashionable to bag on Elon Musk. He’s a man that’s acutely lost his goddamn mind, axis on journalists, and attempting to insert conspiracies into the belief of anyone who dares catechism his once loved Tesla brand. It’s a page out of the Trump playbook, and if you didn’t know better, you’d assume Musk wrote it.

He’s an asshole, or at least he’s become one. Money breeds this sort of aberrant behavior in some, and I accept it’s only a matter of time before anyone living inside a bubble of rich eccentrics becomes one himself.

But you can’t have it both ways.

After Musk tasked SpaceX and Tesla engineers with architecture a mini-submersible in an attack to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a abounding cave in Northern Thailand, he was openly mocked for his efforts.

On the one hand, we can level criticism on Musk for affidavit that are absolutely fair: missed assembly targets, a acutely aloof attitude that sometimes leads to grand visions with flawed execution, or his ability to manage both cadre and artefact failures by blaming the press for accoutrement them. You can argue that Tesla is a failed experiment, or that Musk is no longer the man to see his vision through, the sort of sociopathic rich jerk that breeds antipathy in all but his most animated followers, a la Travis Kalanick, or even Martin Shkreli.

As criticism goes, this is all fair game, a acute part of being a announcer that doesn’t get his rocks off on afterlight press releases and answer PR announcements.

But what you can’t do is be the sort of armchair quarterback that openly mocks a man for accepting off his ass and doing article to solve a problem. This is the side inhabited by cynics, the aggrandizing bastards of the world who have annihilation better to do than poke fun at addition attempting a solution, about flawed.

In the end, I accept it’s a moot point; Thai authorities rescued the boys after the abetment of Musk‘s abysmal — which accustomed a little late, and was anticipation to be an abortive tool to complete the rescue. But the fact remains, Musk delivered a alive submersible in around 30 hours in an attack to solve a very real problem, a botheration that assuredly costs hundreds of bags of his own money in materials, research, and man hours.