Elons quote is just repeating nearly exactly what was just repeated here. I did not see him denying that there is a base line effect to poverty. Of course you need food to not starve and water to not die of thirst. Those are obvious but tribes people in the amazon are quite content with their existence. Where a nice upper middle class bloke in a job he enjoys could be quite content as well. The opposite can also ring true. This seems like manufactured outrage to me.