Of course, chicken fingers are just a symptom. If we want to insulate ourselves from new experiences, ensure that we never eat something we don't like, never engage with someone we disagree with, never have to hold two opposing ideas in our head at the same time—chicken fingers are a great way to start.

This is a huge problem for me, for many reasons. The new means the unfamiliar. It means something I might not feel like I'm already competent at. And heaven forbid I do something I'm not already good at...