the Next Frontier
by Anthony Tate
Part 1: The Frontier Spirit
America loves its legends. George Washington in Valley Forge. The Wild
West. World War II. The Man on the Moon.
But lately, it seems the legends have stopped.
Sure, we have the Internet to play with now, and computers are changing
the world in ways we can scarcely grasp as of yet. The Soviet Union is no
more, and despite our current travails with terrorism, a certain
comfortable familiarity has us in its grip.
Where is the next legend? Where is the next frontier? Or are we just going
to go comfortably off into retirement?
If the 'entertainments' of the kids these days are any indication, no way.
Extreme sports, fun little things like 'base jumping' and other diversions
indicate that the next generation of Americans are harkening back to their
roots in a big way. America is ready for the next challenge, refreshed,
revitalized, and shaking off old fears and inhibitions.
But what could have caused our recent doldrums?
Why have we not gone back to deep space, that logical 'Final Frontier,'
for so many years after Apollo? I believe it was a confluence of several
factors, most of which have now passed, that caused us to huddle close to
the bosom of Mother Earth for these past decades.