People often ask me, upon learning the name of this journal, “why Icarus?” There are many cynical answers to this question, many philosophical ones, and even some humorous retorts. To me, however, it is telling of something more. As a primarily technical institution, the Air Force Academy is driven to push the boundaries of science, technology, and engineering, and is sometimes apt to forget about the equally important facets of the arts, literature, and the humanities. Icarus, therefore, serves as a reminder that there must be checks on our drive, before science takes us too far, or too close to the sun.
Throughout the course of this year, my editing team and I have read and looked at over 200 pieces of Cadet creative works- the best our institution has to offer. And you, the Cadets reading this, did not disappoint. Everyone who submitted to this journal is a testament to the fact that Cadets have struck the balance between science and the humanities that in the myth, Icarus was not able to do. To see this balance, look no further than the fact that many of the people who are published are from different majors, different future career fields, and simply differing backgrounds.
If there’s one thing to take away from this, it’s that no matter who you are or where you come from, your story is worth sharing.
So go out there and share it.
Class of 2019