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Post The Light Bearers
- "Are we still the good guys?"
- "Yes, We are"


Cormac McCarthy takes us by the hand into a journey to an apocalyptic world by the hand of a father and son who "run" into a sort of pilgrimage trying to carry the Light in a dark, hollow world which is now a complete chaos. It´s like a escape to the horror, searching for a "sea" of salvation that offers nothing but death in return. It´s like that same voyage that Mr Conrad once tooks us in his masterpieace "Heart of darkness" but this time is no a trip to Congo but across a more nearby place: our homeland

From the very beginning we feel that the world we know is no longer there. Everything is chaos, darkness and ashes. Humans, for no apparent reason, have destroyed the world we know. As Roger Waters once put it in one of his albums humans "amused themselves to death". Mc Carthy makes us witness of the worst side of human nature. How humans can obtain the greatest achievements and at the same time we may turn into the wildest species on earth. One of the most brutal examples is that scene when father and son come across that basement of horror where people are kept there as beef cattle.

It´s bravery what you need in order to survive in a world like this, and not everybody is fit for that challenge. "The wife" couldn´t take it any more, and makes a "quick" escape. But it´s the father the real bearer of the Light they try to bring to "the Road". He tries to preserve both his son´s life and innocence. He strains himself to such an extent that he finally has to pay a very expensive toll. He does everything within his reach to protect his "family". He kills and even goes beyond his strength in order to offer his offspring a better future. He really never gets to know, but he manages somehow in the end. Light moves to different bearers and a new ray of hope shines through this barren and obscure world where even now everything is possible, and HOPE, after all is what always keeps us alive.



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Post Re: The Light Bearers
So, what light do we bear? What do we try to pass on to our children? What understanding of the world sustains us?



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I guess we all, in a way, have to be light bearers, both with ourselves and with our offspring. We always try to lead them into the correct path even if we sometimes fail. Nobody said that being a father is an easy task, but this "father" character exemplifies with capital letters the meaning of "FATHER", trying to lead a son through devastating reality to a better world, where no matter what, HONESTY, LOVE and FAMILY still play a role.



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Does anyone else see the child as the light bearer?
The child has no knowledge of life before the apocalypse, and this leads me to characterise him as a boy full of wonder. Although he's an extremely bright kid and realises the extent of the damage around him, he doesn't grasp the fact that the world has completely flipped upside down. He still has hope. He believes that there will be light some day; why wouldn't he? The father, however, realises that hope will never be restored. The father wants to be the light bearer; he pretends that he is, just to fill the stereotypical position of being the caregiver, and to provide comfort for the boy and perhaps himself.

The boy has courage all along. He's scared at times, sure, but he has an overriding sense of curiosity that somewhere, this is hope. The father can provide love, comfort and protection, but he's 100% aware of the situation and is completely terrified of what will never happen.



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