Brad Pitt stars as a 1950s Texas man—a “lost soul in the modern world”—searching for the meaning of life in Terrence Malick’s new film, “Tree of Life.”
But the Missouri- bred Pitt has not found solace in traditional religion himself.
“When I got untethered from the comfort of religion, it wasn’t a loss of faith for me, it was a discovery of self,” explained Pitt. “I had faith that I’m capable enough to handle any situation. There’s peace in understanding that I have only one life, here and now, and I’m responsible.”
“I got brought up being told things were God’s way, and when things didn’t work out, it was called God’s plan,” Pitt told reporters at the film’s premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. “I’ve got my issues with it. Don’t get me started. I found it very stifling.”
Pitt’s parents are Southern Baptist Conservatives and Pitt’s younger brother Doug is very active in his large church outside of Springfield, MO.
“I always had a lot of questions about the world, even in kindergarten,” Pitt told Parade magazine several years ago. “A big question to me was fairness. If I’d grown up in some other religion, would I get the same shot at heaven as a Christian has?”
Pitt said he found himself after abandoning the religious beliefs he grew up with…
The great human delusion and the starting point of all sin: Self-sufficiency - I’m the master of my own destiny… apart from God.
Oh, and the ‘stifling’ rules? Well, they’re actually there for our protection Mr Pitt. And I’m really sorry that you’ve never bothered to look a little deeper, or ask someone who knows…