The Sustainability Principle
 of Energy


Home   First draft Aug  2010

About this Work and Updates  

  Online Etymology Dictionary


The Power of Symbols

What is a Prime Symbol?

Variations on the Wisdom Of Confucius

How to Conserve
the Potential

The Human Condition

General Theory

Practical Application

Index of Denial/Acceptance

The Joys in 
Are you vulnerable to denial?
Review Call
Evaluate your
teachers /media
The Compassionate Curriculum
Defining some Prime Symbols


Energy Efficiency









Climate Change





Peak Oil
Principle of Energy





















The joys in acceptance of stewardship/change   


Most of us like to think we act as good stewards and that we know well that change exists. Indeed the suggestion  might not be quite true tends to irritate us for many reasons. 

And many of us can quote by rote the Conservation Principle of Energy, “ Energy cannot be created or destroyed; it can only be transformed from one state to another.”  But do we really believe it? Living the Principle is an entirely different matter and our failure to live what we know is manifest in our language. Our symbol use reveals we commonly deny the Conservation Principle. How so?

If we understand that energy is the potential of the universe(s), then the Conservation Principle suggests energy is so bounteous it can be usefully considered a constant. Compare this vision with the common beliefs in “energy crises”, “energy failures”, "energy losses" “energy shortages” and the need and ability of humans to “conserve energy” and generate “sustainable energy”. 
It is also very common to believe energy is a particular form or resource. 
In general these beliefs reveal a spirit of fear, deprivation and lack of stewardship. 

If we understand energy continually transforms, then the Conservation Principle suggests energy is change; energy is action. The universe(s) is flux. 

Source Nasa

This is inconvenient for us because elements of our ego cannot tolerate the notion that we are mortal beings amidst the flux. For this reason our ego attempts to distance and disconnect us from the reality of change. Therein is the basis of psychosis. Our ego also attempts to distance us and deny the universal change because implicit in our involvement is our roles as stewards in the transformation. Therein is the basis of psychopathy. 

If we understand energy is manifest in myriad forms then the Conservation Principle suggests energy is variety and hope. Unimagined resources and options exist.

It is common practice to confuse energy with a limited group of forms (e.g. mineral oil, coal, electrical products etc) and to deny the myriad states possible (e.g. confusing warming = no temperature change with warming up =temperature change.) It is also common practice to confuse energy forms and states with perspectives of energy such as kinetic energy and thermal energy. 

This confusion blinds us to wondrous variety and change, which is energy. 

In brief: how to enjoy greater awe, hope and wonder

A form cannot be known if we have no symbol for it. Be alert to our tendency to generalise our use of a symbol.  Be especially alert to our tendency to symbolise individual forms as energy and power, for we thus lose our vision of the myriad forms that can exist. Give each form a unique symbol reflecting its unique properties. 

Example: know water clouds exist in many forms such as cirrus cumulus and stratus and variations of these such as nimbus and floccus. Know water exists in different states symbolised as solid, liquid and gas to different degrees in each cloud form. We can observe each cloud from a wide range of perspectives, including thermal, gravitational, electromagnetic, kinetic and chemical viewpoints. Thus we can better reflect and enjoy harmony with the wondrous activity, which is our atmosphere.   

See 100 more cloud forms at Cloudman's gallery

Be open to differing viewpoints for each vantage offers unique meaning and together those viewpoints enable meaning beyond the imagination of any individual. Understand any object can be known from its thermal, gravitational, electromagnetic, kinetic and chemical potentials and each of these perspectives reframe the object like a kaleidoscope alters our vision of light. The kinetic energy of the object does not transform into thermal energy so much as the kinetic and thermal states change. Everything constantly changes state relative to everything else. 

And here is the paradox: when we conserve the potential of our prime symbols so our use of them better reflects the universal change,  then we enjoy greater stillness, beauty and wonder within the change. We are born into the state of science and in its spirit of inquiry, sharing and reflection we naturally endeavour to symbolise all things and thus know the universe(s). Conserving the potential of our prime symbols is really about transcending the limitations of our ego and reminding ourselves in the spirit of discovery we enjoyed as a child. In that spirit we thrive on reflecting on and connecting with all.


Our lives are enhanced by:
Conserving the potential of our prime symbols  

Enjoying a greater state of science

Transcending the limitations of our ego and grand capacity for self deceit
Wiser living in greater harmony with all  
Enjoying a finer sense of hope and wonder


Page last  updated: Aug 2010