One inherent motivation of all humans (and almost all organiaztions) is to survive. I know that I have only a finite number of days to live and the longer I live, the more I like things that are older than me. There is a fundamental need for me to be connected to some "things" that were around before I was.That may seem rather materialistic, but it is something much deeper. I have a set of spurs and an old pocket knife of my grandfathers. Neither has any monetary value but both are old and it is conforting to touch a few of the things he touched. His memory survives, in part, due to the conection to these tangible items. No, these items do not replace him and if they were stolen would not diminish my memories of him, but they are a connection to him. By extension, I want to survive. I gather hats for my own pleasure and enjoyment, but underneath it all, I hope a few of these hats will survive beyond my years. Again, this sounds somewhat materialistic but it really isn't. I know my hats will fade to dust with time but I hope a few generations will be left with a few tangible items as reminders of me. In the end, I am primarily a consumer. I like to wear hats and if I wear them out or sell them, so be it. I do like to share with others and I can't deny there is an element of satisfaction from getting the approval of others. But my drive to collect a few special hats has less to do with impressing others and more to do with leaving a small mark that will extend beyond my years. No, tangible things wil never replace my physical being or my personal impact on my children or grandchildren, but I hope a few of my hats will help keep some of those memories alive for just a little while after I'm gone.