"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, numbed by the false notion that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." Isaac Asimov. The villain in this novel is ignorance, the hero is understanding.
A frontier is defined as, "an unsettled region, an extreme part of a country" statistically a frontier is an area having no fewer than two inhabitants per square mile. It took a lot more than just farming to settle a land, There was also a necessity for a social revolution. The Advantages of a new start in life, free land, freedom to follow a dream without fear of interruption, etc. also Had its disadvantages, no churches, no schools, no libraries, even local governments had to be formed.
This story takes place on the Ohio frontier in the last Of the eighteenth and midway through the nineteenth Centuries. The main characters are an eighteen-year old l Lad that is intelligent enough to know he needs more Intelligence and an elderly gentleman, with a great degree of intelligence but with no outlet for it. A Partnership is formed and frustrations are laid aside as the two men declare a war on ignorance. It's a joy to see a young man grow in intelligence, and an older man achieve his lifetime imaginings. Both men come to the same conclusion, that understanding is the salvation of the world.
There is an advantage of being raised in a small town, you personally get to know everyone that lives there. The insight to life from close association begins a thorough education into the nature of mankind. Wants, needs, desires, accomplishments are experienced on a firsthand basis. A desire to understand and value life is acquired early in life.
Adventure started at the age of nineteen when called to serve a two-year mission in Great Britain. Being invited into six or seven homes daily for twenty-four months provided an insight into lives that is not generally available and made all future episodes of life meaningful.
When personal experience is integrated with education, especially on a college level, a desire for answers to excellence is a natural outcome. All education, work experience, civic involvement is then dedicated to the search for true happiness.
Work began at fourteen years of age for five year of building roads throughout the west, and then after fulfilling a Mission and receiving a college degree in Business Management and Marketing, founded a Commodity Option trading business off the London Commodity Exchange, a student travel business placing students in summer classes throughout Europe, a Diamond Brokerage Firm, and a Real Estate company, many religious leadership positions were fulfilled during this period as well a serving as a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for several years.
An understanding of life was gained from over eighty years of exposure to life's experience and much person study.