In the past, we made assumptions about our economy and our society that fit with the spirit of those times. The spirit of conquest and manifest destiny rushed through our American veins and led us toward the grand ambition of building a "modern" electricity and interstate highway system. We used our creativity to make energy from fossilized sunshine to power consumables and move people and products, generating electrons in abundance to ensure access to energy. Fast forward to the 21st century, and we still are using a fire hose to water a flower.