Human life is saturated with the experience of objects. We are, at all times, surrounded by things, whether made or natural. Yet, the ubiquity of things is also the cause of their neglect. How often do we properly attend to the things around us or reflect on the unconscious decisions we make as to their purpose, meaning, and worth? This three-part series examines the very things we so easily overlook and disdain, or focus on and cherish. For behind every encounter with the things of this world lie fundamental judgments as to the nobility of our embodied existence, the dignity of our being creatures in a material world and the meaning of human labor through which created things are transformed into newly fruitful human artifacts.