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IRJ-QR#17 November 19, 2009

Posted by andrewg2013 in Quick Response.

The Judge of the Other Side: Duties of the People

In the novel The Golden Compass, Pullman creates a wise Librarian who gives insight into the nature of human kind. The Librarian tells the Master in a discussion of Lyra’s wellbeing, “[t]hat’s the duty of the old… to be anxious on behalf of the young. And the duty of the young is to scorn the anxiety of the old,” (Pullman 32).

The Master has been discussing with the Librarian how he worries about how Lyra will fare on her journey to the North. The Librarian points out how useless his anxiety may be. In the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Will Turner wagers an eternity of service to Davy Jones in a bet. His father, afraid of what may happen to his son, decides to protect him by putting himself into his position. After his father looses the bet, Will gets angry at him for trying to protect him.

This downward spiral results in distrust between the separated age groups and an unwillingness to be similar in the way they think. When the younger person distrusts the older person, they will not want to accept the wise advice the elder may have to offer, leading to dissatisfaction and confusion in their lives. It is a necessity for all people from their predecessors. If people do not learn young what the old learned in a lifetime, we make the same mistakes or repeat processes for information we already have figured out, giving the future the same amount to work with as we had. We must give them more.


Proposition: Humans should pass their information from generation to generation and forget about what they think others should do, and focus on what others should think.



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