Eastern Michigan University - Aurora Yearbook (Ypsilanti, MI)

 - Class of 1917

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It is ever the men and women with visions of a greater future who make better things possible for their age. And what of the pioneers in our own history? The broader outlook has been exemplified not by the few, but by the many. if 5' America was founded by strong men and women, whose education, though not the culture of the schools, was manifest in cool self-reliance, iron courage, and indomitable perseverance. VVhether they battled with the giant oaks of the forest, wooed the virgin soil into fertility, or drafted a constitution, it was done with direct and virile earnestness. Life meant difficulties to be overcome, new levels to be attained. In their toils, their con- flicts, and their decisions, they exhibited the pioneer spirit. But are our battles all fought? Is the pioneering done? it it 4' Oh, that we could awaken to the stern realization that vast uncultivated areas of human endeavor lie still before us! As the settler harnessed the untamed forces of nature, so must we conquer the crude passions of man. Indifference, selfishness and hate-these are the triple enemies with which we must cope today, these, the uncleared fields which challenge the courage of the modern pioneer. VVhat better illustration of selfishness than the giant industrial democracy under which we live! From the humble toiler who wields the shovel to the mammoth corporation owning the coal mine, all make profit first and service to society second. In the face of this fact, the system of minute division of labor has made every individual dependent on every other for the necessities and comforts of life. UNO man liveth unto himself alone." Such a system demands that the principle of industrial selfishness be subordinated to the principle of in- dustrial service. f tt if Who among us but thought that hate among nations had all but died years ago? Yet today the peoples of the world are grappling in an awful death struggle. The nations of the earth look to America to supply the motive for ending the contest. In her present crucial position, American public opinion is influencing the conduct of the war and must in no less a measure help to determine its outcome. it sf' if Instead of meeting this national crisis with unbalanced impulse, let us depart from the beaten path of custom and confront it with the coolness of reason. But indifference is the arch enemy to be overcome. VVe stand today as did the Israelites of old when, after forty years of wandering, they were about to cross the Jordan into the promised land. it it 9' Prosperity has brought with it self-satisfaction and complacency. It is just this indiffer- ence which must be changed in America. The nation depends on the individual. If the in- dividual loses his love for humanity and his interest in a greater future, what must become of the nation? if 5' The pioneers have been the world's leaders, those who in every generation have con- ceived new ideas and made possible new undertakings. Today we are reaping the harvest sown long ago by those who went forth with weeping, bearing precious seed. Honor and glory, their just due, belong to these noble men and women. But the future of America depends, not upon those who have already served their day, but upon the energies, the ambitions, and the hopes of the men and women of the present. Awaken then, America! Imbibe the spirit of the pioneer! iVith a like vision of a better country and a like unflinching courage in our hearts, we must push forward into a new era of moral achievement. Though the awful sounds of war and the rising clamor of social classes may fill our hearts with alarm, yet down through it all our vision sees the star of hope shed its sure light upon our pathway. Forward, then, young America, and in the moral realm which we nmst conquer, let us repeat the epoch-making work of him who, with confident heart, sailed out upon an unknown sea, Viiith the rugged Ulysses of the antique time, "Come, my friends, 'tis not too late to seek ll newer world. Push off, and sitting well in order smite the sounding furrows." Let our purpose hold "To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths of all the western stars, until we die." In the strength of the days of old, let us go forth "strong in will, to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield." ,fi .--. I I+. yrlf' Zi 2 'fffyfym 'j'3f,,'- ,-,'-'-'VWJ ff' f ' fi Z' :y2.?'2f,"'1' f--. " Avjfffz. f ff 4 -'-"f 2 135

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