Day 12- Identity: What’s in a Name? #write31days 2014



Term of the day: identity: to recognize oneself and be recognized by others, to be constant in one’s nature.


Identity theft makes me angry, but more so it scares me that we live in a world where a person’s name (their character and history) means nothing. If someone steals your identity you become a victim twice over. Not only do you have to fight to get your identity back, but you have to fight to prove you are yourself and not someone who steals and lies. I’ll save my rant about the incredibly flawed judicial system of the U.S. for another day, but in a country where you are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, the powers that be haven’t figured out what to do about this issue. If “the computer” says you wrote a bounced check for $1,000, you have to prove you didn’t do it.

As scary as the thoughts sounds to me, I’m almost already for a future where your identity isn’t based on your name and your residence, but your DNA…almost.

Name of the day: Seth.

Breakdown and meaning:

Seth is a much more interesting name once you start researching its origins than one might think just from hearing the sound of it. It’s not a very strong or bold name and, unfortunately, many people in modern Western Civilization think of it as a name reserved for humble, meek, smart, and small people.

With origins in Hebrew, Israeli, and Egyptian the derivatives of this name can be applied to a man or a woman. The meanings of this name that like best are: “appointed” and “substitute”. In my Eternal Curse Series, the character of Seth represents aspects of both these meanings. Though he is a minor character in the overall scheme of the story, his impact is great and the story would not hold together without him.

Well, that’s it for Day 12. See you tomorrow.


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I like reading, writing, cooking, dancing, movies, and music. I'm a big kid and choose to see the world in my own special way. Yes, I'm educated, but I haven't let that stop me from being who I want to be. I'm a wife, teacher, author, blogger, and more.

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