It is often said by experts that people shouldn’t allow past experiences to affect the choices and decisions they make in the present.

In some situations, this homily makes perfect sense. Context should always be considered in this regard.

Is there any point in repeating a pattern of behaviour that has produced undesirable results, for example? The fact that most people perform specific tasks in particular ways doesn’t mean that everyone has to comply with the norm.

According to Einstein, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result”. Sadly, experimentation is not always regarded as a sensible way to approach things.

Those inclined towards trying out a range of options also have to expend energy on explaining their intentions to those who do things in the standardised way. Such are the crosses they have to bear.