To gold they tend, / On gold depend, / All things! Oh, poverty! sighs Margarete in Goethe’s Faust, seduced by the “thinglets” foisted on her by Mephistopheles. And it is by such thinglets that we allow ourselves to be seduced time and time again – without asking where they come from, what they’re made of, what they’re for. Beyond our hunger for quick gratification, we seem to be increasingly unable to question our real material needs – with the result that people no longer actually consume things, but just buy them and throw them away without even using them. The absurd consequence is that, on the one hand, more and more over-functionalised products are created while, elsewhere, new things are left undone or past achievements are simply forgotten due to economic and political choices.