(1) our government spends billions of taxpayer dollars subsidizing oil companies
(2) our government spends billions of taxpayer dollars funding our military
(3) our government spends millions of taxpayer dollars on ad campaigns promoting the as yet environmentally unsound Oilsands and pipelines
(4) our government spends millions of taxpayer dollars on aid to countries in which we have been “victorious”
The oil companies supply energy and raw materials to weapons and war equipment manufacturing concerns. These latter supply our military which our government in turn sends to make war on other countries coincidentally securing oil supplies in the process.
Oil products are presently key to our economy: Fuel for our cars, homes, and commercial areas; fundamental in the making of plastics; etc. One could therefore say that our military endeavours are inextricably linked with the well-functioning of our economy, at least at present.
However, in the continued well-functioning of our oil-based economy are drawbacks.
New energy sources are slow to be developed because doing so would take away from the profits of the oil companies.
Environmental protection—as happens with many such virtues—is sacrificed on the altar of Mammon, from whence comes the dominating vice of avarice.
The slant of the news media is in favour of maintaining the status quo. Whether they like it or not, the fact is that the media are de facto propaganda outlets. This latter is borne out by, for example, the dearth of positive coverage on environmental issues. Typically stories of this sort are written in favour of big business, which itself is inextricably linked to the underlying foundations fueling oil based economies.
Thus our very thinking is influenced by our over emphasis on the importance of aggression, particularly as it pertains to feeding our vice of avarice.
This importance is artificial at best, because of the present convenience of the cheap availability of oil.
We have to come to terms with the fact that the world is at a pivotal point in history. Oil is a finite resource, and as such will eventually disappear, to be replaced with renewable energy resources. With energy no longer being a primary concern, we must turn our attention to peace, and its accompanying benefits for the entire world: potable water for all, sufficient food for all, proper shelter for all, education for all who want it, and suitable continuances (job opportunities, business opportunities, etc.). This is what a rational world should look like.