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"Carry the Fire" Zippo Lighter



We’re going to be okay, arent we Papa?  

Yes. We are.

And nothing bad is going to happen to us.

That’s right. Because we’re carrying the fire.

Yes. Because we’re carrying the fire. 

Cormac McCarthy's The Road is a heart-wrenching story about a father and son surviving in an apocalyptic future. Throughout the journey, the father teaches him the physical skills and mental aptitudes needed to survive. But most importantly, the man teaches his son to “carry the fire." 

For the man and his son, “the fire” is a metaphor not only for the will to live, but to live nobly. It’s an embrace of human goodness. It’s having hope when all seems hopeless. The good guys carry the fire; the bad guys don’t. In their current situation, moral lapses might be excused and rationalized as the difference between life and death. Father and son could choose, like the barbarians they're surrounded with, to allow the ends to justify any kind of means.

But instead they decide to hold on to goodness despite all that. No matter how terrible things are in the world of The Road, as long as the man and his son continue to keep the fire burning inside of them, everything is going to be all right in the end. 

Our "Carry the Fire" Zippo Lighter will serve as a tangible reminder to choose idealism over cynicism, virtue over vice, decency over dereliction, and hope over hopelessness. To continue carrying the fire of goodness and honor that has been passed down to you as well as to pass it down to the next generation. 

The lighter is an American-made Zippo 1941 Replica in the vintage style carried by WWII GIs. The lighter sports a silver, brushed chrome exterior onto the front of which "Carry the Fire" has been machine etched right here in the USA.

Dimensions: 2.25" L x 0.88" W x 3.25" H

Made in the USA

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