The Russian film-director is one of the artists of the modern era whose renown will undoubtedly last and grow in coming centuries, provided that human civilisation itself manages to not fall into utter collapse in the strange bewildering future. Ours is not an Egyptian or Chinese type civilisation which could look in all probability to a future in rough imitation of the past. Below some words uttered in his final film, The Sacrifice:
Man has constantly violated nature. The result is a civilisation built on force, fear, dependence. All our technical progress has only provided us with a comfort, a sort of standard. And instruments of violence to keep power. We use the microscope like a cudgel. As soon as we make a scientific breakthrough we put it to use in the service of evil. And as for our standard, a wise man said that sin is that which is unnecessary. If that is so, then our entire civilisation is built on sin from beginning to end. We have acquired a dreadful disharmony, an imbalance between our material and our spiritual development...Our culture is defective.
Tarkovsky would, of course, not be particularly intent on justifying the ways of Satan to man in the charming forms of weapons utilising depleted uranium, the chemical weapons like Agent Orange manufactured and sold to the Saddam Husseins of this world( who occasionally have the dastardly gall to then use these trophies of western intellectualism for the purposes for which they are made).
But in these times of philosophical truthlessness, naturally evil is said to no longer exist, except as a justification for enacting evil: "Someone else is very evil. Therefore I must commit evil. I stand higher on the ladder of moral truth, because I am not as evil." Though, at least it oculd be said that evil in the basically materialist philosophy of the moment has far more of a right to claim its existence than does truth. What passes for truth is to be measured in terms of gradations of evil, not as any kind of absolute living force. Much less beyond than beneath good and evil, or concepts thereof.
Is it any surprise Satan- or absolute evil incarnated in a personality- is described as the great dissembler, the father of lies, the corruptor through sophistry, that there is no truth in him? Truly the Prince of this world.