In late 2020, Matthew McConaughey published Greenlights, a sort of half memoir, half self-help book that he claims to have cobbled together from 40 years of journals over the course of 52 days in the desert without electricity. Whether that or anything else in the book is true is beside the point because it definitely reads like the product of someone who did that. It’s like sitting down after a very expensive but nevertheless entire bottle of scotch to get advice from the weirdest rich guy you know.

On accepting fate but also changing fate and also magnetism

We must be aware of what we attract in life because it is no accident or coincidence. The spider waits in his web for dinner to come. Yes, we must chase what we want, seek it out, cast our lines in the water, but sometimes we don’t need to make things happen. Our souls are infinitely magnetic.”

On the secret to success (just always make the right decisions)

We either persist and continue in our present pursuit of a desired result, pivot and take a new tack to get it, or concede altogether and tally one up for fate. We push on, call an audible, or wave the white flag and live to fight another day. The secret to our satisfaction lies in which one of these we choose to do when.”

On Darwinism and somehow also political correctness

Matthew McConaughey

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People, individuals, believe in themselves, want to survive, and on a Darwinistic level at least, want to have more, of ourselves. Initially, this is a visual choice. The where, what, when, and who … to our why. Upon closer inspection, which is the upfall of the politically correct culture of today, we learn to measure people on the competence of their values that we most value. When we do this, the politics of gender, race, and slanderous slang take a back seat to the importance of the values we share.”

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