Cross-Purposes and Crooked Answers:
In considering the current debate about the use and misuse of energy, the most important energy system to consider, it seems, is the human system. The human body is a bio-electrical, hydro-mechanical system and the way the body is programmed and run in the majority of cultures can charitably be described as less than optimal.
For a number of years now, Riane Eisler has written about the dominator-competitor culture which she sees as the prevailing model used to organize societies around the globe. This she contrasts with the far more benign and far less cannibalistic partnership-cooperative model. As the research mounts up it's becoming clear that conflict based endogenous (internal) addiction is the engine that drives the dominator-competitor arrangement.
George Whatmore coined the word dysponesis to describe the misuse of energy. He was focusing on the problem of over-control in people conditioned by high stress environments. For instance, some people will sit rigidly perched on the edge of a chair, "helping" the chair hold them up rather than sitting back and letting the chair do the work. This is where psychology and ergonomics intersect. Dysponesis can be extended to the socio-political and socio-economic misuse of energy as well, all bearing back on the person and forcing the psychophysical deformation required to adapt and adjust to living in an inhospitable environment. An alcoholic home is a perfect example of a hurtful amalgam of distorting and countervailing forces (see Appendix A in the ACA Handbook).
What is needed is a well-designed transition, disengagement strategy for moving from a dominator culture to a partnership model. War, of course, is the centerpiece of conflict living, the epitome of social conflict addiction. Oddly enough, professional soldiers might be the people most receptive to the idea of a phased withdrawal from endogenous addiction. They've seen its ugly downside up close.
There will probably be no great rush to withdraw from internal addiction, there's too much resistance. However, it is something to think about.