After observing the assembly lines in the meat packing industry, Frederick Winslow Taylor brought his theory of scientific management to the organization of the assembly line in other industries; this unleashed incredible productivity and reduced the costs of commodities produced on assembly lines around the world.
The only way to save the planet is to reduce energy use. Economic worth has displaced traditional cultural values defining self-worth. Dick Cheney said he hoped Americans would " stick their thumb in the eye of the terrorists and The affront on human values by mass media advertising has left a well actualized consumer but a poorly individuated personality.
Many services are energy-intensive too, with air travel just the most obvious example. Perception has lost its richness. For this, we might consult Wikipedia, which is generally useful for the popular definition of things.