Author: Daniel A. Leal

A State of Ignorance

In the wake of the uncalled-for spectacle that was the killing of Airforce Luitenant Muath Al Kaseasbeh by ISIL, Jordan has proven to the world and itself that it is a country of people not tribes. There is no El-Fayez Jordan or Beni Sakhr Jordan. There is only the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The ‘holy’ Islamic State has proven to be nothing more than an Ignorant State, ignorant of Islam and of the value of human life. In light of current nationalistic fervor, it must not be forgotten, however, why we choose to fight. We do not choose to fight for the sake of fighting or the sake of revenge. We fight for a cause that is greater than ourselves—the cause of humanity. In doing so, we chose to stand against backward ideologies like that of ISIL, which prioritize religious interpretation over human life, when the contrary is true.

In Praise of Idleness

I value education and appreciate every opportunity for understanding and learning that King’s Academy gives me. However, these past several weeks have been life changing as I have been placed out of my comfort zone and developed personally. Many of my ideologies have been strengthened, among them, my thought on education. With all I have learned these past few weeks about myself, I have come to understand that education does not solely lie in a classroom or a homework assignment. Education is an experience. I understand that homework and class lie within these experiences, but there is more to it than that.