BILD: Have you found happiness in life?
Brad Pitt (nodding): Hm - yes. I am on the path I want to be on."
BILD: Do you believe in God?
Pitt (smiling): "No, no, no!"
BILD: Is your soul spiritual?
Pitt: "No, no, no! I'm probably 20 per cent atheist and 80 per cent agnostic. I don't think anyone really knows. You'll either find out or not when you get there, until then there's no point thinking about it.
No point thinking about it? What could be more important to think about? I'm reminded of a couple of lines from Samuel Johnson:
"It is astonishing that any man can forbear enquiring seriously whether there is a God; whether God is just; whether this life is the only state of existence. These are the questions every reasonable person ought to consider with an attention suitable to their importance."
I guess when you're a movie star and you've made important films and dated important women you don't need to think about what it all amounts to so much. Blaise Pascal was intrigued by this uncurious approach to life and describes the strangeness of it in this ironical fashion:
"I know not who sent me into the world, nor what the world is, nor what I myself am. I am terribly ignorant of everything...
I see the terrifying immensity of the universe which surrounds me, and find myself limited to one corner of this vast expanse...
All I know is that I must soon die, but what I understand least of all is this very death which I cannot escape. As I know not whence I come, so I know not whither I go. I only know that on leaving this world I fall for ever into nothingness or into the hands of a wrathful God, without knowing to which of these two states I shall be everlastingly consigned. Such is my condition, full of weakness and uncertainty.
From all this I conclude that I ought to spend every day of my life without seeking to know my fate. I might perhaps be able to find a solution to my doubts; but I cannot be bothered to do so, I will not take one step towards its discovery."
It sounds like Pascal is describing Mr. Pitt, but perhaps his cognitive faculties suffered so much damage in Fight Club that his curiosity about things that really matter has atrophied.RLC