Could the act of collecting things be counterproductive?
Couldn’t the act of collecting be counterproductive? If one collects something they can’t or won’t use isn’t that just taking up space? Before my late friend and housemate died I emptied his storage to save him some money I thought he was going to live longer than he did. There was your standard ”It means something to me if no one else” type of stuff. The rest was records. He collected records for years and had boatloads of them. He figured one day to sell them off to others who collected. He never got around to it because he wanted the records to get more ”seasoned” then as he got more ill they went on the back burner because health issues took the forefront. All that money and all those years to house records and in the end he never got to do anything with them. To what gain is there to collect things you won’t or can’t use because you will degrade the value? To spend all your life collecting coins, stamps, belt buckles or whatever if you have to keep it wrapped up and unused where is the benefit if you don’t plan on selling off your life’s endeavor? And if you have no one to leave your collection to does that make it even less meaningful? What if you collected beetles or butterflies, something that will never really have a monetary value, what would be the end purpose spending a life collecting them if none of your friends or relatives wanted it when you died?