With the recent Pokémon GO craze happening throughout the world, I've begun to wonder: people are really obsessed with collecting things. It's like our inner bird awakened and we want to hoard all the shiny jewels. It's not just Pokémon, collecting is something we all do at least once or so in our life. Some collect stamps, baseball cards, pressed flowers, fine art, etc., etc.
And if we don't collect something of personal value, we simply collect dust.
It's really amazing if you think about it in a bigger perspective. All them Mickey D's toys be all "collect all 10094902232423!". What gives?
We know it's probably physically impossible to complete the set, but we keep doing it anyways. If I'm a psychologist or some sorta biology researcher, I'd be able to point out a theory to why we do it. Sometimes relating to our deep, sub-conscious yearning, a fetish to become the god of a specific subject cultist shama-llama-ding-dong. Or that it's one of the quirks to being human.
My take: it's fun. Having one thing, having more things, and getting exponentially closer to completion -- oh my, it's so exhilarating, I can't breathe ♥. If you get down and dirty, it's basically like gambling. And like all earthly desires, if there's too much on stake, there's more to lose.
I'm an optimistic pessimist, so I think we can take this, and use it as a fuel for productive energy. For example, I've found that I've become addicted to gathering trash from local parks with the long-arm-reachy-grabby-wabby-claws. Once I begin, I fall into a flow, and time floats on by. It's the same collecting mentality we all share, but used in a positive light. That's when I've realized that our neutral and generally negative aspect of being a human could have positive benefits. We're just not utilizing it correctly.