Socrates and Aristotle. Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking. Matt Damon and random cameraman.
While being interviewed by a journalist at a rally in Washington DC, Matt Damon stuck to his guns about a demanding and grueling profession: teaching.
The reporter compared the careers of teachers to those of actors, saying job security is the only reason they’re motivated to do their job. Damon responded:
“You think job security is what makes me work hard? I want to be an actor, it's not an incentive.”
From there, sh-t got real. Matt Damon threw around a bunch of four and five syllable words like they were nothing:
“That's the problem, it's this intrinsically paternalistic view of problems that are much more complex than that. It's like saying a teacher is going to get lazy when they get tenure. A teacher wants to teach. Why else would you take a sh-tty salary and really long hours and do that job, unless you really love to do it?”
Which I agree with, because when your job involves a room of disgusting, smelly kids, you’ve got to really love your job. I really love writing. But I gotta say, if I had to write every day in a room with thirty snot-nosed brats, I’d probably be working at Trader Joe’s.
The off-screen cameraman then said, 10% of teachers are bad.”
Which I also agree with. Because at least a few teachers from my old high school were busted for having sex with a student and/or drinking at work.
The cameraman continued, “10% of people in any profession are bad, maybe they should try something else.”
Damon retorted: “Okay, well, maybe you’re a sh-tty cameraman, I don’t know.”