"...the thingness of something becomes apparent when it is no longer functioning as it did before or it becomes dysfunctional or if it appears in an unexpected place..."

one of the tragedies of old age is not that more and more people are dying, it’s discovering that more and more people, artists, writers, musicians, you loved and admired have turned into boorish sycophants, willingly allowing themselves to be turned into cogs in the consumer capitalist machine by publicists in the hope of extracting a few more dollars from the pockets of their erstwhile fans who now have plenty of disposable income.