Let me show you something funny.
No, I’m not saying that putting “Arm” and “Leg” as the price for gas is funny; that’s lame. What’s funny is that the price at the top is $1.72 per gallon. In other words, there was a time when $1.72 per gallon was considered ridiculously high; so high that people would put lame jokes on signs just because of it. I’d reckon this was in 2002 or 2003, which wasn’t very long ago.
The moral of the story is that gas prices aren’t a big deal. Every time that they rise to a new high, we manage to get used to them and soon start thinking of them as normal. So there’s no need to say that the current high gas prices will doom western civilization, or that we should put oil wells in every national park and on every inch of seashore, or that we need to sink billions into research on alternative fuels, or that we should all run around like chickens with our heads cut off. We should keep our tires inflated and drive at the speed limit. But other than that, we’ll get over it.