How many of us actually picked our sub culture, religion, party affiliation, moral values, etc., on our own independent volition from the universe of possibilities rather than inheriting them and then niggling around the edges for the rest of our lives? It is extremely hard not to do this because it requires enormous additional biological energy to pursue novelty and uncertainty to its wisest ends. Ever wonder about the phrase “paying attention”? It means there is a “cost” associated with attending to any situation, especially one of novelty. The cost is energy expended and our biology tells us to conserve energy when possible. To conserve energy our biology has learned to conduct first fit patterning whereby we choose familiar patterns over novel patterns so that we do not have to work on exploration and discovery which requires attention and consumes energy. The problem arises when we rely too much on familiar patterns which can only be based on the past. Many of the patterns we face are new and emergent from a changing world. Therefore we sometimes must expend the energy required to maintain a sense of this changing world and adapt to its requirements. As evolving creatures this is our highest calling. So let’s not fear unfamiliar patterns but see them as grand opportunities for aligning better with the reality forming about us.