from dirt xvii
STALKER: …When a man is born, he is weak and supple, when he dies – he is strong and callous. When a tree grows, it is tender and gentle, and when it is dry and hard, it dies. Hardness and strength are companions of the death, suppleness and weakness express the freshness of living. That is why what has hardened, will not win (enters a metal tunnel).
Stalker, Andrey Tarkovsky.