Thresholds are kind of points of no return. They concretize a discontinuity and mostly the shift from a quantitative accumulation process to a qualitative change.
In many processes no such critical change appears until resistance to change is overridden by multiple- and sometimes massive- repetition of some stimulation.
It is the equivalent of the common sense saying about "the last straw that broke the camel's back".
Many technical and human disasters result from a lack of understanding of this mechanism of discontinuous change and the insufficient observation of accumulation phenomena.
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