On Kelner’s Theory of the Meaning of Life


According to [Martin] Kelner, this theory states that life is all about acquiring STUFF, then acquiring more STUFF, maybe changing your STUFF around a little, then acquiring even more STUFF, then getting a bigger place because there’s no room for all your STUFF, getting rid of some STUFF, then getting a smaller place because you haven’t got as much STUFF. Then you die.

John Windsor, discussing broadcaster Martin Kelner’s “Theory of the Meaning of Life” in the volume The Cultures of Collecting (Elsener and Cardinal, eds., 1994). Emphasis his.