As we age, we come to prefer choosing from sets of fewer rather than more alternatives. Give us a short dinner menu, a list of no more than five mutual funds, a grocery store with less shelf space. Walter Kaufmann may well have the answer:
What is manifold is often frightening because it is not neat and simple. Men prefer to forget how many possibilities are open to them. . . a wealth of possibilities breeds dread. Hence those who speak of many possibilities speak to the few and are of help to even fewer. . . . The truth is too complex and frightening; the taste for the truth is an acquired taste few acquire.
(Walter Kaufmann quoted from page 9 of I and Thou, by Martin Buber. Charles Scribner, 1970.)