George Saunders's story "Jon" is a biblical allegory, a version of Plato's allegory of the cave, an initiation story, a satire (with a heart) of our contemporary, advertising-soaked culture, and one of my all-time favorites. According to Larry Dark's blog, it has also now been adapted into a play.
This [blog] is my Savings Bank. I grow richer because I have somewhere to deposit my earnings; and fractions are worth more to me because corresponding fractions are waiting here that shall be made integers by their addition. —Emerson, Journal (1834)
You must collect things for reasons you don't yet understand.