We, as as the human race have squandered our energy ..Oil .. We should have taken every bit of it and turned it into a quest for fission and then fusion and then quantum.
Instead we wasted out precious energy on war to feed the greed of a few... Wars.. killing each other has eaten up our energy resources.. of fossil fuels to create energy to create energy.
We had a chance at one time to join the intergalactic, and perhaps the universal union, but the Satanics planted in our midst by alien encounters prevented us from doing so.
You use the term..."we".
I cannot recall personally subverting technologies and starting wars. Can you?