Elon Musk has puzzled his followers by tweeting a famous Chinese poem called “Seven Steps Verse.”
Humankind— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 2, 2021
Some believe that the poem could be alluding to the brewing feud between the proponents of Dogecoin and Shiba Inu, the two largest meme cryptocurrencies.
The story goes that Cao Pi, the founder of the Wei dynasty, grew increasingly suspicious of Cao Zhi, his brilliant brother, and forced him to write a poem in order to prove that he’s innocent.
After hearing “Seven Steps Verse,” Cao Pi became overwhelmed with emotions and decided to spare his younger brother. Although, Cao Zhi was still demoted later.
The famous ancient poem uses stalks and beans, which share the same root, as an extended metaphor for brothers who have the same parents.
Beanstalks being used for boiling beans shows how destructive infighting is:
Musk aptly titled his tweet “Humankind,” prompting theories about what the poem could be actually referring to.
Beanstalks are ignited to boil beans,
The beans in the pot cry out.
We are born of the selfsame root,
Why should we incinerate each other with such impatience?
Last week, Shiba Inu surpassed Dogecoin, the original meme cryptocurrency, for the first time. This escalated the fight between the two communities. Musk himself faced the wrath of Shiba Inu fans after tweeting that he had nothing to do with the biggest Dogecoin knock-off.