Why we do this

What we need to question is bricks, concrete, glass, our table manners, our utensils, our tools, the way we spend our time, our rhythms. We live, true, we breathe, true; we walk, we open doors, we go down staircases, we sit at a table in order to eat, we lie down in bed in order to sleep. How? Where? When? Why?

It matters a lot to me that they should seem trivial and futile: that’s exactly what makes them just as essential, if not more so than all other questions.

Georges Perec, Approaches to What? (1973)