“We evolved from humans who lived in societies where not much ever changed – and where any change that did occur was liable to be very significant, and perhaps life-threatening. From this background, we have inherited a cognitive frailty as regards novelty: we immediately suppose that the new must also be the important.
It isn’t always. Sanity in a news-dominated age requires us to see that the categories of novelty and importance are overlapping – yet crucially distinct.”
Alain de Botton, The News: A User’s Manual (2014)