His warning to the bankers at the end of this? Priceless.
Matt Damon blast’s Wall Street bankers for bringing America the “biggest heist in history,” and issues a dire warning to them.
Damon returned to MIT this past June, where Good Will Hunting was filmed, and congratulated and encouraged the graduates there to do great things, despite the crappy hand dealt to them by Wall Street and our political system.
It’s really prime Matt Damon, who has established himself as a political activist as well as a famous actor.
“The basic idea, as I understand it, is that we could be living in a massive simulation run by a far smarter civilization, a giant computer game, and we don’t even know it.
“I’m not sure how scientific that is, but it had numbers in it, so I was impressed.
“Well, it got me to thinking: What if this—all of this—is a simulation? I mean, it’s a crazy idea, but what if it is?
“And if there are multiple simulations, how come we’re in the one where Donald Trump becomes the Republican nominee?
“Can we, like, transfer to a different one?”
The full clip is actually about 24 minutes long, but here’s the part that really nails Trump, Wall Street, and more:
Ben and I shot a movie here. It was then we knew for sure we could never have gotten in.
I mean, you’re working on some crazy stuff in these buildings. Stuff that would freak me out if I actually understood it. Theories, models, paradigm shifts.
I’ll tell you one that’s been on my mind: Simulation Theory.
Maybe you’ve heard of it. Maybe you took a class with Max Tegmark.
Well, for the uninitiated, there’s a philosopher named Nick Bostrom at Oxford, and he’s postulated that if there’s a truly advanced form of intelligence out there in the universe, then it’s probably advanced enough to run simulations of entire worlds — maybe trillions of them — maybe even our own.
The basic idea, as I understand it, is that we could be living in a massive simulation run by a far smarter civilization, a giant computer game, and we don’t even know it.
And here’s the thing: a lot of physicists, cosmologists, won’t rule it out. I watched a discussion that was moderated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, of the Hayden Planetarium, and by and large, the panel couldn’t give a definitive answer. Tyson himself put the odds at 50-50.
I’m not sure how scientific that is, but it had numbers in it, so I was impressed.
Well, it got me to thinking: What if this—all of this—is a simulation? I mean, it’s a crazy idea, but what if it is?
And if there are multiple simulations, how come we’re in the one where Donald Trump becomes the Republican nominee?
Can we, like, transfer to a different one?
Professor Tegmark has an excellent take on all this. “My advice,” he said recently, “is to go out and do really interesting things… so the simulators don’t shut you down.”
But then again: what if it isn’t a simulation? Well, either way, my answer is the same.
Either way, what we do matters. What we do affects the outcome.
So either way, MIT, you’ve got to go out and do really interesting things. Important things. Inventive things. Because this world … real or imagined … this world has some problems we need you to drop everything and solve.
Go ahead: take your pick from the world’s worst buffet.
Economic inequality, there’s a problem … Or how about the refugee crisis, massive global insecurity … climate change and pandemics … institutional racism … a pull to nativism, fear-driven brains working overtime … here in America and in places like Austria, where a far-right candidate nearly won the presidential election for the first time since World War II.
Or Brexit, for God’s sakes, that insane idea that the best path for Britain is to cut loose from Europe and drift out to sea. Add to that an American political system that’s failing… we’ve got congressmen on a two-year election cycle who are only incentivized to think short term, and simply do not engage with long-term problems.
Add to that a media that thrives on scandal and people with their pants down … Anything to get you to tune in so they can hawk you products that you don’t need.
And add to that a banking system that steals people’s money.
Like I said, I’m never running for office!
But while I’m on this, let me say this to the bankers who brought you the biggest heist in history: It was theft and you knew it. It was fraud and you knew it.
And you know what else? We know that you knew it.
And yeah, OK, you sort of got away with it. You got that house in the Hamptons that other people paid for … as their own mortgages went underwater.
Well, you might have their money, but you don’t have our respect.
Just so you know, when we pass you on the street and look you in the eye … that’s what we’re thinking.
I don’t know if justice is coming for you in this life or the next. But if justice does come for you in this life … her name is Elizabeth Warren.