symbol derives from the Latin ‘trahere’ – to draw, as does the extract
symbol. When we draw we extract the essence of an object into lines that
form a resemblance of the object. It is a minute and barely detectable
amount or indication of the object.
* We are
each Trace Beings in that we each form minute and barely
detectable reflections of reality (the universal potential).
* We each exist for
trace moments amidst the billions of years of the universe(s).
* The stars are trace
elements of the galaxies, being on average over 3.5 million light years
* Our solar system
extends over 6 million kilometers, of which planet Earth is a trace
* Trace gases, together
constituting less than 0.1% of the atmosphere, enable life as we know
it, for without them Earths average surface temperature would be 33ºC
cooler i.e. minus 18ºC.
* Consciousness is a
trace element of the human psyche – we may be consciously aware of
perhaps two thousand sensations and
our subconscious is aware of at least 50 billion sensations in any
The actualised or
realised potential in any moment is a trace element of the vast
possibilities inherent in the universal potential.
Conserve the potential
of the trace symbol by using it, for our use of it reminds us of
the big that is in the small and of the small that is in the big. In
accepting our trace existence we are accepting change and thus are
better able to understand how tiny quantities can become very potent
through exponential change and leverage (chaos theory).
stewardship/change is endemic in Anglo-American society and this is
manifest in our use of our carbon potential. For instance we consume
fossil fuels in a trace moment of the time it took for them to be
generated. We use only a trace element of their great potential and
transform the remainder into waste and polluting gases. We deny the
reality that these polluting gases are the same trace gases that provide
the thermal balances that enable life, as we know it, on Earth. The
denial of the Warmer Trace Gases is manifest in our use of the
‘greenhouse gas” symbol instead, thus constantly evoking images of
Earth’s atmosphere as a greenhouse. Thus our children are taught that
the atmosphere is a human engineered construct rather than an organic
dynamic system better understood using Chaos Theory.
Conserve the potential
of the trace symbol so our children can better comprehend tiny
quantities and the nature of change. Thus they will grow in acceptance
of our Trace Beings and enjoy greater awe.
English, track, from Old French, from tracier,
to make one's way, from Vulgar Latin *tracti
from Latin tractus,
a dragging, course, from past participle of trahere,
the rewards of being a conservator of the potential of our greatest
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