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NameArthur Schopenhauer
Arthur Schopenhauer
from the article "Another idea behind Rork (1995)":
Andreas' message is a philosophic one, comparable to the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788- 1860). According to this thinker the world consists of two layers: that of will and representation. The world of will is the true world, that underlies every idea man suggests about what this true world really is. Every representation of life creates its own reality. The will is within ourselves and is inexplicable, it is the urge that leads us from one thing to the next. Man nevertheless seeks desperately for an explanation for that will. He forms ideas of religion (Le cimetière de cathédrales), gods of nature (Lumière d'étoile), fate (the astrology of 'Capricorne') or a extraterrestrial power (the spaceship in Descente). All these ideas are only cheap mysticism. The more so because the reality that is created by such an idea starts to live a life of its own. Eventually Rork sees that evil, personified in Dahmaloch, can only exist because man forms an idea about it. By realizing this Rork eventually saves the world.