We Do Not Ride Off Into The Sunset

The fantasy of the frontier days fester in the imaginations of men today. The ideals of self reliance, camaraderie, and practicality run deep in the formation of the psyche of the American male. The Cowboy dream seems inherent, innate, and universal. But there is a confusion at the very foundation of this icon. Society presents the mythic figure as a hero and as a product of a very real history. But what happens when the myth has been recycled to the point where the primary source is lost? The legends become based on other reworkings, rewritings and remakes. Where does that leave those who believe in the dream of the American West?