Originally posted by iomegajaz
I respectfully disagree. Resources exist to exist, nothing more. When we create reasons for the existence of things, that's our opinion - not necessarily fact. I do apologise if I've taken you too literally.
Simple creed: Use what works™.
I repectfully rebut your argument. Resources by their very nature are not resources until humans can utilize them. Until humans could figure out a use for petroleum, it was not a resource- it was another substance. (And at worst, an unwanted contaminent for ground wells)
When it was found that Petroleum could power internal combustion and be turned into Vaseline and plastic, THEN it became a resource. And once it was a resource, it existed to be consumed. Naturally it as an inanimate object wasn't "imbued by the creator" with a reason to exist, but for all HUMAN intents and purposes, the resource has a reason to exist: to be consumed.
Think of the base meaning of the word "resource" as compared to "substance" or "matter" - calling something a "resource" IMPLIES that it is something that is meant to be consumed, compared to something that is to not be consumed.