People generally associate important decisions with difficulty.
In reading Larsen from this vantage point, this essay joins a growing body of critical work taking up the challenge to explore the territory “beyond nature writing,” as in Karla Armbruster and Kathleen R.
From a mechanical perspective, granular materials are stuck between a rock and a fluid place, with behavior resembling neither a solid nor a liquid.
Consequently, if a decision feels unexpectedly difficult, due to even incidental reasons, people may draw the reverse inference that it is also important and consequently increase the amount of time and effort they expend.
Ironically, this process is particularly likely for decisions that initially seemed unimportant because people expect them to be easier (whereas important decisions are expected to be difficult to begin with).