The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, directed by David Fincher, is the imaginative tale of Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) who, born an octogenarian, lives life aging in reverse. What may indeed be a “curious” case for the average viewer is, for the dharma student, something far more interesting. One of the most difficult concepts to wrap one’s mind around in the pursuit of wisdom is the emptiness of time. Time’s tendency to move from the past into the future, like the sun rising in the east or Ben & Jerry’s being a delicious treat, seems to be one of those conditions that is hard wired into the human experience. We know though from our study of karma and emptiness that there is no condition and no reality that is not malleable; that is not without condition or cause. Although is it difficult to imagine the karmic causes for being born an octogenarian and aging in reverse, it is helpful to remember that the fact that most of us were born infants is not something that is automatic or uncaused. Even though The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a fantastic flight of fancy by one of our most inspired directors, it is, even more importantly, a powerful reminder that even the most subtle and seemingly fixed elements of our lives are caused. Thanks to Sandra from Brazil for the great recommendation.