Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines the verb “to use” as meaning (among other things) “to put into service, especially to attain an end.” In everyday language it’s a rather innocuous word. I might “use” a brush to paint my house. I did “use” a laptop computer to type out this column. I would “use” a car to get from my house to the grocery store. None of these aforementioned objects – brush, computer, or car – could possibly mind that they were used for these purposes; they are inanimate objects created solely for the purpose of being used. People, however, are another matter entirely.
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