We are creatures of habit. We find it reassuring when day follows night, spring follows winter and lunch follows breakfast.
Social progress has made our life ever more predictable. Rather than worrying about where to get our next meal, we know our local supermarket’s open seven days a week. Instead of foraging for wood to burn, we switch on the central heating.
Over the last 30 years, we have also been reassured by economic growth, punctured by occasional setbacks of up to three years, following overreach.