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Elon Musk Tweets in Greek, Mystifying Followers

Elon Musk Dialectic
Elon Musk Tweets ‘Dialectic’ in Greek, Mystifying Followers. Credit: NVIDIA Corporation/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Elon Musk tweeted just one word in Greek on Tuesday: “διαλεκτική,” which means dialectic and sent his millions of followers searching for their dictionaries.

The richest man on earth who wants to buy Twitter has tweeted more than nineteen thousand times since joining the platform thirteen years ago. This year, he has tweeted an average of six times a day.

His tweet has mystified social media users:

The mysterious post generated more than seven thousand messages by Tuesday morning on his official profile as, apparently, there are many question marks about the meaning hidden behind the choice of this particular word by Musk.

Dialectic in classical Greek philosophy

Dialectic (Greek: διαλεκτική), also known as the dialectical method, is a discourse between two or more people holding different points of view about a subject but wishing to establish the truth through reasoned argumentation.

In classical Greek philosophy, dialectic is a form of reasoning based upon dialog of arguments and counter-arguments, advocating propositions (theses) and counter-propositions (antitheses).

The term “dialectic” owes much of its prestige to its role in the philosophies of Socrates and Plato in the Greek Classical period (5th to 4th centuries BC). Aristotle said that it was the pre-Socratic philosopher Zeno of Elea who invented dialectic. The dialogues of Plato are examples of the Socratic dialectical method.

Was Elon Musk referring to dialectic over the Twitter deal or the Ukraine war?

Musk may be referring to the controversial and delayed acquisition of Twitter, some commentators claim.

The Tesla chief executive needs to meet a deadline on October 28th to complete a $44 billion deal to buy Twitter. Otherwise, he will have to go to court soon after. Musk had backed out in July, but, as the mid-October date loomed, he performed a surprise U-turn and re-committed to buying Twitter after all.

Other commentators claim that Musk was perhaps thinking about the war in Ukraine. Earlier in October, he made a proposal to end the war—a proposal that was condemned by the Ukrainian President.

In a tweet, Musk suggested having UN-supervised elections in four occupied regions that Moscow has falsely annexed after what it called referendums. “Russia leaves if that is the will of the people,” Musk wrote. He also suggested that Crimea, which Moscow seized in 2014, be formally recognized as Russia, that water supply to Crimea be assured, and that Ukraine remain neutral.


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