New Frontiers to Conquer

New Frontiers to Conquer

Our favorite movies and television shows are still pictures about the Old West and the pioneer days, aren't they? Everybody—young and old—seems to like them best.

Why? That's hard to say. Some like their historical aspects. Some like the frontier. Frontier days are always exciting. Nothing in the old frontier times was settled or stable. Few laws existed. The few they had were poorly enforced. Excitement and danger were never far away.

You might think, as I once did, that frontier days are gone forever. Yes, the West is settled, the stagecoaches rattle along only in shows and museums, the land is fenced in, and the six-shooters no longer shoot. Boot Hill hasn't seen a funeral in a long, long time.

But the frontiers aren't closed. In fact, today we have more frontiers than ever. Only they're a different kind. They're harder, more dangerous ones.

America isn't through growing. One look at the newspapers proves that. Right now we're fighting a nationwide battle to destroy segregation of people by color. We've had this frontier for many years. It will be here a long time. Just recently in the South it took a courageous Negro to ride wherever there was a seat on a public bus. At present America is on the frontier called "the right to live where we choose, regardless of our color." We're fighting for equality in the real-estate business—which means that a colored person can buy a home wherever he can afford to pay for it.

All around mankind is trying to settle the hardest, toughest frontier of them all. That frontier is "world peace." The crazy part is that we can't use guns to settle it. We're trying desperately hard to settle it without guns—just the opposite of the wild-west methods. Compared to the world-peace frontier, the toughest days west of the Pecos were baby stuff. Perhaps you can be one of the peacemakers.

Another frontier is the "getting-along-with-people frontier." We're living so close together now that we get on one another's nerves. We step on others' toes, and they step on ours. That's a much harder problem to solve than stopping the rustlers from swiping cattle from the Bar-X Ranch.

Besides these public frontiers, we all have our own personal ones. When we're young, these are the big ones: developing a healthy body; getting along with the family. Whom will I marry? What job will I pick? Will I go to college? Will I make the team?

As you get older, you have other frontiers. Even very old people have theirs. When you stop having frontiers, then you stop growing. Just as America stops growing when her people consider their nation perfect, without any need for improvement.

These frontiers are hard to see. Indeed, they're invisible. That's why you don't see them on TV and in the movies. But they're the hard ones, believe me.

You can be a frontiersman, but not in a leather-fringed jacket and shooting a Kentucky long rifle. Look around for your frontier. Then set about taming it.

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