The Beginings of A Name

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"The man said, 'Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have wrestled with God and with human beings and have overcome.'" -Genesis 32:28

Submitted: January 16, 2010

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Submitted: January 16, 2010



When Thomas Paine wrote the pamphlet Common Sence in 1776, his writing became the spark which lead to a revolution. The ideas therein were not new, nor were they unique to any individual, but through the small work diverse minds were able to finally realize that they were not alone in their personal reasonings. The work served as a unifyer of people through common analysis. No longer was it necessary to establish a basis of reasoning to gather support, rebelion became a matter of agreement to terms which were already justified and widely understood. The booklet became the battle line of beliefe behind which colonists ralied to their side.

I began going to public school in sixth grade and it was during my time in school that I first experienced building things with my hands in shop class. While during my middle school years much time was spent on the basics of design and wood work, as I progressed to high school metal work became more common. Eventually I started to do welding projects. During my classes I noted that there were two noticeable variations of welding devices; arc welding machines and acetaline torch welders, the later of the two required ignition via spark to begin the combustion of the flamable gases while the first relied on electric current to stimulate a flame. While arc welding was simpler and produced a fine product, the torch was by far more dramatic, igniting in a burst of flame when a simple spark was produced by a simple device for which I do not know the name (my profile picture depicts it).

As I began to write and enjoy writing in general I realized that words are more than entertainment, when used properly they can be a highly effective tool. My account on this site was created in the hopes of fostering my own writing abilities, whether or not I become the great writer knowing how to define beliefe through written word will always be important. Words themselves do not produce any tangeible result, and words cannot even change the world when the desire to do so is not shared among the literate. But writing, when committed to paper and read at the right time can be like a spark to fuel and when the cause to act is largely believed upon sometimes all that is necessary to inspire that action is the right author to produce a literary flag for people to unite behind, to ignite a flame which can cut even iron like butter.

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