Note/Thought - Attention / by Ally McGinn

When something isn't the way we expect it to be we pay more attention to it. This can be seen in many aspects of our lives.  So the things we expect to see become almost background noise.


It was a lamppost that inspired this thought. Normally we ignore them, but when one is bent it becomes obvious. Is this where the phrase “sticks out like a sore thumb” originates? The idea that something that looks different sticks out?