I recently had a revelation about food and energy -- not the popular connection in terms of "food gives you energy", rather, energy manifested into everything that is life... people, animals, plants, fuel, heat, water, earth, and hence food.
I spend a lot of my time thinking and reading about peak oil, and our incredibly mindless, selfish and blind-sighted over-consumption of oil (energy). I'm also aware that most of us humans eat and think of food in the same mindless, self-absorbed way. In observing people around me (not everyone, but the majority), it's as though we have this attitude of righteousness around food, as if we're trying to make up for powerlessness in other areas of life. I've even heard people proclaim, "if I want it I deserve to have it because I'm worth it and no one can tell me otherwise." (Okay, maybe not in those exact words, but that was the gist of it.)
This is the same attitude people have towards material possessions. Just last night I saw a Toyota commercial for a new hybrid car where the message was that you can have it all (in this case, a car and feel like you're helping the environment), and that whatever you want you deserve, and can fully justify as in fact needing. Demand what you want out of life and you'll get it. Which sounds enlightened to a degree except that it's promoting a superficial, misguided drive -- to consume, feed the capitalist economy and attempt to fill your empty soul.
This is where I find the connection between how the majority of consumers on Earth feel a righteous entitlement towards everything that is basically energy manifest -- food, oil, water, material possesions, everything. I think it perpetuates a horrible cycle of depletion of the spirit and the earth's energy. There is no balance, as everything nature provides freely is seen by humans as free for the taking, with an adamant lack of respect for life in all forms.
I also wondered about something else... if energy can't be created or destroyed, and only transformed, where does all the energy we rob from the land actually go? I welcome ideas, meanwhile I'd venture to guess that some of it goes to heat, in warming the globe. Much of it must go to materials we create that eventually get thrown away into landfills. The toxic things get buried or dumped into water sources. But mostly, I think most of our energy gets transformed into more humans, as our global population doubles into the multiple billions every number of years.