Usufruct, the Word of the Day for Thursday, July 14, 2011, is another r of those words that although most of us have never heard of it, it describes an action most of us have done and often. But sometimes illegally too, but with little or no regard to that fact! So, what does Usufruct actually mean and how can we do it illegally?
Usufruct (YOO-zoo-fruhkt), means: “The right to use the property of another as long as it isn't damaged.” And they give the example of “She shall have the usufruct of field and garden and all that her father gave her so long as she lives, but she cannot sell or assign it to others.”
Okay that is the legal term and definition of an act, which most of us will rarely, if ever have official access to. However, in another sense, most of us have the regular opportunity to use the property of others, as long as it is not damaged. We do this most with Family and work properties, don’t we? But how many of us extend that legal right into borrowing things without express permission given or even Known? And even when having express permission, use them for things we were not given permission to use them for? Again something to think about isn’t it?
So when you next “Borrow” something, always ask yourself if you really do have that right; and even then, make sure you use it for the purpose you borrowed it for. And, if or when, damaged, take for responsibility for it instead of denying all responsibility, as it is not really yours anyway! Again something to think about now. Yes, are you really legally usufructing? Or just plain stealing?