The use symbol is both a noun and a verb. It is the
act of using or employing something for a purpose, exploiting its
properties. To use something is to employ it and put it into service for
some reason. Inherent in the employment of the “use” symbol is the
acknowledgement that the act is a personal responsibility.
Human beings are capable of profound self-deceit
and our ego often dictates that we deny our role as stewards/change.
Thus when our actions cause us problems and distress we often blamed the
used thing rather than our own decisions as user. Common examples of
denial include the following symbol uses:
(Energy is the universal potential. The problem is invariably our
use of the potential – our energy use.
Power crisis (Power is the rate at
which the universal potential is manifest. The problem is usually our
use of Bulk-generated electrical products – our resource use.
Climate change/global warming crisis
(Earth’s climate can change with changes in solar, tectonic, galactic
and other forces and these can create major challenges to our survival.
However it is possible our most immediate threat is our misuse of our
carbon potential with its associated atmospheric pollution – our
Fossil fuel crisis
(Fossil fuels, in particular mineral oil/gas, are a very limited
resource generated by a unique combination in the life of our planet of
climatic, tectonic and other forces. They took eons to form and have
vast potential. Our failure to conserve that potential is our problem
– our resource use.
Conserve the use symbol by employing it at
all times with all our actions. Thus our children can enjoy greater
sanity and learn how to better act as stewards.
use (v) : mid-13c., from O.Fr. user
"use, employ, practice," from V.L. *usare
"use," frequentative form of pp. stem of L. uti
"to use," in Old L. oeti
"use, employ, exercise, perform," of unknown origin.
Use (n) : early 13c., from O.Fr. us,
from L. usus "use, custom, skill,
habit," from pp. stem of uti
the rewards of being a conservator of the potential of our greatest
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