I havean important concept well worth thinking about!
IMO, objects/entities pass through three stages:
1) Still current...of use/value to those who posess them!
2) "Obsolete"...still functions, but has been replaced by a newer version?!
3) "Antique"...possibly more valuable because of its age?! These can be
placed in museums, or collected by private individuals and used to
Note that about 99% of these objects/entities are only preserved by
us "pack rats"...usually much to the dismay of the outside world...?!
However, note that they would NOT reach the third stage if we
didn't preserve them...for our own reasons!!
Steven C. Barr