The New Frontier
- Howard C. Pyle (Monterey Oil Co.)
- Document ID
- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- Journal of Petroleum Technology
- Publication Date
- July 1960
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 27 - 27
- 1960. Original copyright American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, Inc. Copyright has expired.
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Americans were born of a revolution. We are the custodians of a tradition and a practice of liberation and of freedom. We have never lost our proud independence and individuality, and we never will. We can take care of ourselves and our families and we know it. Traditionally, when we felt confined and became restless, we moved farther west. There had always been a frontier out there and a new way of life. Where do the young men of today go with their strong independence and eager self-reliance? Their interest and ours must become the whole world. Our frontier is broadened; it is everywhere.
U. S. Leads Free World in Peace
Two world wars and the constant threat of a third one makes us ever conscious of our neighbors. World-circling satellites draw all countries closer together. The wealth and industrial might of the United States has resolutely placed us in the position of world leadership. This is the new frontier; leadership in a free world at peace.
America has become great because on one basic philosophic idea - the idea that we can improve the lot of our people without interfering with their civil liberties. We recognize the essential dignity of man. Needless to say, there are opposing ideas in the world today, ideas that the individual exists for the sake of society and the state alone. We know that our awareness of the individual importance of man is right, and we must demonstrate to others that this is true. To accomplish this, we must all increase our social obligations. This is a practical reaction to the now basic fact, which becomes more insistent every day, that no public or private purpose can be sensibly considered apart from world affairs.
The world is faced with enormous possibilities of growth. Man is at last breaking with the past. Our problems are not only greater, they are new. The limitations and safeguards our forefathers counted on are gone. We can not hide. We can no more ignore the threat posed by atomic or thermonuclear warfare than we can a recession or inflation. These threats are not simply scientific or government problems, they are our problems, yours and mine. They will not disappear by just being ignored, and they will not be resolved by using old rules of thumb.
We should all help form world opinion, both as individuals and as a free and enterprising nation. As engineers and professional men we should be particularly active, and we must be heard from. With our new United Engineering Center we are becoming a neighbor to United Nations. What better reason could we have for becoming more conscious of world activities, followed by becoming participants in world affairs?
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