Heart of Darkness

What may we infer prompted this comment? In general, to what is he referring?

Marlow says "I assure you that never, never before, did this land, this river, this jungle, the very arch of this blazing sky, appear to me so hopeless and so dark, so impenetrable to human thought, so pitiless to human weakness".

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THe Russian says that he had talked to Kurtz who, by this time, was completely insane. The Russian claims Kurtz has expanded his mind. Marlow realizes that Kurtz had become a product of the jungle. He had waded in too far so that he was rendered meaningless and insane. Kurtz was no longer a light or beacon of change. Everything was now dark.