Matt McConaughey talks to Tim Ferris

I’d never heard of Matt McConaughey until True Detective, but then I saw him later the same year in Interstellar, and he quickly became one of my favourite actors.

He recorded a wide-ranging interview with Tim Ferris back in October last year. It’s a great listen and confirmed his place on my list of interesting people that I would like to have over for dinner.

There are a couple of things that I took away from it. Matt speaks of the importance of introspection as a tool for personal change. He’s kept a journal for over thirty years, and speaks about how useful this has been in helping him to navigate through life. I’m good at introspection, but I’m not good at acting on it. I’ve kept a journal since 2005. Sometimes I will go weeks without writing in it — but I’m still glad to have it.

He also spoke about the need for society to have shared values, and of politics and politicians not being good delivery vehicles for that sort of thing. I’ve thought about this a lot. Our shared values, traditionally, came from religion — but as religion fades, where do we source those shared values? We’re grappling with this now, but it will become more important in the decades ahead.

It was a fun listen.