In an interview with Rolling Stone in 1999, Brad Pitt shared candidly about the shortcomings of the world’s definition of success. He lamented the rise in secularism, saying,

“We are heading for a dead end, a numbing of the soul, a complete atrophy of the spiritual being.”

Chris Heath, reporter for Rolling Stone, followed up and asked Pitt, “So if we’re heading toward this kind of existential dead end in society, what do you think should happen?” Pitt replied,

“Hey, man, I don’t have those answers yet. The emphasis now is on success and personal gain. [Smiles] I’m sitting in it, and I’m telling you, that’s not it. . . . I’m the guy who’s got everything. I know. But I’m telling you, once you get everything, then you’re just left with yourself. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: It doesn’t help you sleep any better, and you don’t wake up any better because of it. Now, no one’s going to want to hear that. I understand it. I’m sorry I’m the guy who’s got to say it. But I’m telling you.”

Cited in: Greer, Peter; Horst, Chris, Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches.