Matt Damon recently returned to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, only this time, instead of working as a janitor, he was delivering the commencement speech to the class of 2016. In his speech, which clocks in at just over 20 minutes, he managed to cover a variety of interesting and controversial topics.
One of the most surprising subjects that Damon covered was Simulation Theory, which he described as follows:
‘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.’
He then went on to ask,
‘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 have to be in the one where Donald Trump becomes the Republican nominee for president? Can we, like, transfer to a different one?’
Damon is certainly not the first person to wonder these things. He then went to tell the graduates of MIT that, whether or not this is all a simulation, they should be going out into the world to do really interesting, inventive, and important things. His reason for this was that “this world … real or imagined … this world has some problems we need you to drop everything and solve.”
He continued to delve into just a few of them:
‘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.’
Damon then went on to call out “the bankers who brought [us] 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.’
The above quotes are just a portion of Damon’s powerful speech. Watch it all below to be inspired further, and read the transcript here:
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.