I started this blog as Jordan welcomed me with its dusty, outstretched arms, with the idea of chronicling my my little jaunts as I discovered the sights, sounds, smells and savors of that dynamic country and region. Alas, life moves on, and so do my musings.
I am currently a Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School, with a concentration in international and global affairs (note the distinction).
I previously served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for two years in Jakarta, Indonesia. I have also lived for extended periods of time in Hong Kong, China and Lucknow, India. I thrive on the challenge of learning pleasantries in new languages and becoming cognizant of idiosyncrasies in disparate cultures.
This blog tries to make sense of the world from an independent perspective, as too often mankind builds figurative castles and moats to keep them out and us in, and portray them as a monolithic bloc and us as a unified front. Society is much more complex than Black. White. Male. Female. Gay. Straight. Liberal. Conservative. Pakistani. Mexican. Christian. Jew. Affluent. Destitute. Beauty Queen. Prostitute. Diplomat. Refugee…
We are all God’s children. We are all unique and we are all the same. I invite us to better understand each other. Despite my biases I will try to keep a generally politically neutral ground and bring to light the strengths and weaknesses of “both sides” of the argument.
Please follow along, comment, and suggest any topics you think we should discuss together.