I know this will be controversial to some people.
I think when you consider the energy density of a litre of gasoline or diesel and what it allows you to achieve in a vehicle and how it powers our personal and professional modern lives, you can then appreciate what an absolute bargain buy gasoline/diesel really is. It is cheaper than most beverages whether they are alcoholic or not.
Most people happily pay $2 for 1/2 a litre of water in the service station convenience store and pay this and more for a product that is in abundance by simply turning on a tap or catching rain water and probably cost the supplier who bottled the water merely fractions of a cent.
Yet we moan about buying gasoline/diesel even though we are paying less for a product that is a finite resource that takes vast amounts of technology and labor to recover, refine, transport and store and distribute from the other side of the world in order to bring to the convenience of the local gas station.
We must remember before personal transport became widely available in the early 20th century the average person only travelled less than 10miles from their home in their whole lives, nowadays some people commute 10 times that distance and sometimes further daily, and think nothing of travelling 1000’s of KM’s for a couple of week getaway.
Liquid hydrocarbon fuels are an absolute bargain at tens times the price.