Novelty is Potentially Dangerous

Every now and then, its good to experience something new. Whether you’re trying a new food dish, traveling to a place you never been before, trying a new position at work or a new vehicle. Novelty provides a type of high that things you’re accustomed to often cannot provide. However, novelty can potentially be dangerous.



Novelty is the quality of being new, original, or unusual. Things that are new tend to provide a mental high for human beings. Maybe its the smell and fresh paint on a new vehicle. Maybe its the taste of tasting something you’ve never tasted before. Maybe its the feeling of having a pair of new, fresh out of the box sneakers or clothing item. Maybe its a new relationship or potential dating partner. No matter what it may be, us human beings tend to have an attraction to novelty.

I remember when I first became an author. I was so excited to know that my book was being distributed via book stores all over the internet. Seeing my book being available on Amazon provided a natural high for me. Not only did I feel accomplished, I felt a sense of importance. The novelty that I experienced from writing my first book was the driving force that motivated me to write my second book. While writing my second book, the novelty from the first book wore off.

Novelty doesn’t seem to last long. A product, vehicle, material item, place or relationship can still be in the process of being new in terms of age and the amount of time spent in your possession, but the moment the novelty wears off your interest in it seems to wear off as well. The moment the novelty of a person, place, or thing wears off is when novelty has the potential to become dangerous.

Lets say you’ve been at your job for 4 years. You’ve been doing similar work at your job for the past two years. The novelty of your job wore off after year two and you’re in the process of searching for a new job. Some may say, there’s nothing wrong with looking for a new job after being with one company for 4 years. While that is true, a dangerous trend can be formed from it. Unless you’re looking for a specific title, position, convenient location, or job duty, you’re basically looking for a new job to fulfill your desire for novelty. Lets say you do find a new job and you’re hired. What will your decision be after the novelty wears off? You’ll more than likely be looking for another job to provide the same high from novelty.

Say you started a new relationship with someone. You guys have been together for a couple of years, but the novelty has seemed to wear off. You’ve become accustomed to your partner and their habits. You’re losing interest by the day because things don’t seem new anymore. Your mate may not necessarily be a bad mate or be disrupting the progress of your relationship, but you want to see what else is out there because you desire something new. You’ll either cheat or ruin your current relationship in order to get a taste of novelty. While nothing is wrong with ending a relationship and seeing what else is out there if things aren’t progressing, your desire for novelty can create the same problems for your next relationship.

I personally don’t believe novelty is a bad thing. The high that new things, especially material provide is unmatched. However, there needs to be balance with everything, including novelty. The constant desire for novelty can land you into financial debt, ruin relationships, and cause you to miss out on good relationships. Be aware of the potential danger from constantly desiring novelty.



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