As Canetti suggests in his parable about animals, behind each of them it seems that someone human is hidden and is secretly mocking you.

Jean Baudrillard, ‘Objects, Images and the Possibilities of Aesthetic Illusion’ (1997, p. 12)2

The urge to collect objects, for individuals as well as societies, is a sign of impending death. One finds this need acutely manifested during preparalytic periods. There is also the mania for collecting – in neurology, “collectionism”.