The first paragraph or so of an essay is usually the most important part of the whole essay to get "just right". Not only is it an opportunity to grab the reader's attention, but also a chance to set the agenda for the rest of the essay in terms of tone and content. Strictly speaking, there is no single "right" way to begin an essay — just as it's possible to write essays about countless subjects, so too is it possible to begin an essay in countless ways. However, most good beginnings to essays share certain qualities which, if taken into account, can greatly improve essay intros that may otherwise be lacking. See Step 1 below to get started.
The author (left) with his uncle Mahmoud, a political prisoner for twenty–one years.
After explaining in detail the process of a spider's web making, Lederach maintains that peacebuiding is essentially "the art of strategically and imaginatively weaving relational webs across social spaces within settings of protracted violent conflict." In spite of the extreme complexity in such situations, the success of peacebuilding lies in an "art of simplicity", which involves the basic skills to identify and create relational spaces, the ability to attend and build relational connections, and the "smart" flexibility to adjust to both expected and unexpected challenges.
Project Walk in San Diego ... where it all began. This photo was taken in October 2013 and I couldn't even initiate a twitch in my leg at the time. It took two trainers working tirelessly to help me try and initiate steps.