Umberto Eco, in an interview with Der Spiegel:
Q: Why do we waste so much time trying to complete things that can’t be realistically completed?Two list-related posts
A: We have a limit, a very discouraging, humiliating limit: death. That’s why we like all the things that we assume have no limits and, therefore, no end. It’s a way of escaping thoughts about death. We like lists because we don't want to die.