is the potential of the universe(s) and is manifest in myriad forms.
Power is the rate at which energy is manifest. In other words, power is
the measure and energy is the measured. It is commonly symbolized thus:
it is common practice in Anglo-American countries to confuse power (the
measure) with energy (the measured). For instance Bulk-generated
products are commonly symbolized as power*. This is the most
fatal error we can make and puts humanity at peril. It evidences a
profound denial of stewardship/change and this tends to be reflected in
unsustainable individual behaviour and societal systems.
as much as energy is manifest in every aspect of existence then every
aspect of existence has power i.e. has a measurable manifestation. Thus
to symbolize a form as power denies the existence of all other
forms and the transient nature of all forms.
Kelvin said, “To measure is to know”. He also said, "If
you can not measure it, you can not improve it." When we confuse our measure with the measured we destroy our capacity to
know how the universe(s) work and to experience the state of science.
Instead we live in ignorance of all the sustaining options and
opportunities available. This is especially true when we symbolize energy,
power and electricity as the same. This is a guaranteed recipe
for ignorance, waste, pollution, war and civic collapse.
understand that no form or aspect of existence can be called power,
for power is a measure of the rate of change. However there are
as many measures as there are forms or aspects of existence. Give each
measure its own symbol reflecting the unique properties of each form.
For instance, common measures are:
Manpower (7.46 Watts),
indication of the range of ways of measuring power can be seen at the
conversion sites. As
our power to measure grows so too the rate at which we learn and
accumulate knowledge increases.
power is no thing and is the rate of change. It is the capacity
of something to change over time.
a symbol to every manifestation of power (horse power, ant power,
elephant power, human power, electrical power, cloud power, solar power,
redwood power, wheat power etc, air power, thermal power etc) and our
children will enjoy greater harmony with the changing balances and flows
of our universe(s). They will better understand, for instance, the
resources being destroyed when they drive a 200 horsepower or 2000 human
Footnote: Re the symbolization of power as Bulk-generated electrical
The power symbol was probably first associated with an electrical product in the 1880s as researchers discovered how to reticulate electrical currents through wires and to measure the potential change of the current. Very rich merchant bankers, such as J P Morgan, immediately saw the potential of this resource as a means of gaining control over global resources. Initially the warfare for control was between Alternating Currents (AC) and Direct Currents (DC) in what is known as the Battle of the Currents.
systems dominated after it was shown they could transfer Bulk-generated
electrical products over long distances more effectively that DC. The
systems involving the Bulk-generation of products offer the
merchant-bankers unprecedented ways of controlling the flow of capital
and directing it out of communities for their personal gain. They gain
from being able to provide the large blocks of capital required for the
construction of large generating plant; controlling many of the
reticulation systems and thus how dwellings and appliances are designed
and used; and the Bulk-generation plant enables them to maximize their
short-term profits from their control of fossil fuel resources.
the 20th Century and this century is characterized by
constant warfare as these merchant bankers wage war on all alternative
uses of our electrical potential that might compete with their products.
Their methods of warfare include bribery of politicians, purchase of
major media systems, negotiating massive systems of subsidies for their
industrial structures and the re-engineering of our language. In
particular they have successfully ingrained in our legislation, media,
education and other institutions the equation: energy = power =
electricity = Bulk-generated electrical products.
result is economic structures that are imploding because the centralized
systems have generated phenomenally wasteful uses of resources and the
destruction of sustaining ???
is a simple association test that illustrates their overwhelming
success. What is the first thing you now associate the following symbols
It is instructive to now attempt to see if you can
imagine alternative associations with these symbols e.g.
Origins of power symbol[Middle English, from Old French pooir, to be able, power, from Vulgar Latin *pot re, to be able, from Latin potis, able, powerful; see poti- in Indo-European roots.]
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