"Today, civilized society, the great majority of which has no faith, is entirely positivist in outlook, but even the positivists fail to notice the absurdity of the Marxist thesis that the Universe existst for ever while the earth is merely fortuitous. Contemporary man is unable to hope for the unexpected, for anomalous events that don`t correspond with 'normal' logic; still less is he prepared to allow even the thought of unprogrammed phenomena, let along believe in their supernatural significance. The spiritual emptiness that results should be enough to give him pause for thought. First, however, he has to understand that his life`s path is not measured by a human yardstick but lies in the hands of the Creator, on whose will he must rely."
- Andrey Tarkovsky