In the story of the Boy That Cried Wolf the village ultimately
paid the price for not being vigilant. The interpretation has
always been to take it as a parable to improve personal behaviour
but what I enjoy most about that tale is that it works both ways
— there are two parties at fault: the attention seeker and those
who took the cognitive shortcut of disregarding what the attention
seeker was saying because they’d been wrong in the past.